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A New Way of Understanding 'Eyes on the Street'

A New Way of Understanding 'Eyes on the Street' | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Turning neighbors into the "eyes and ears of the police" can actually reinforce fear and violence.
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The Urban Environment: 8 Qualities of Pedestrian and Transit-Oriented Design

The Urban Environment: 8 Qualities of Pedestrian and Transit-Oriented Design | Urban Life | Scoop.it

Since 2000, a number of tools for measuring the quality of the walking environment have emerged. These tools are now used by researchers, local governments, and community groups to measure physical features related to walkability, such as building setback, block length, and street and sidewalk width.


Yet individual physical features may not tell us much about the experience of walking down a particular street. Specifically, they may not capture people’s overall perceptions of the street environment, perceptions that may have complex or subtle relationships to physical features. The urban design literature points to numerous perceptual qualities that may affect the walking experience. Other fields also contribute, including architecture, landscape architecture, park planning, environmental psychology, and the growing visual preference and visual assessment literature.

 

Visit the link for more information and the complete article explaining the 8 urban design qualities that enable more effective urban design planning solutions for creating quality pedestrian environments...


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Anji Connell's curator insight, April 10, 2013 10:40 PM

Fascinating........"Imageability is related to “sense of place.” Gorden Cullen (1961, p. 152) elaborates on the concept of sense of place, asserting that a characteristic visual theme will contribute to a cohesive sense of place and will inspire people to enter and rest in the space. Jan Gehl (1987, p. 183) explains this phenomenon using the example of famous Italian city squares, where “life in the space, the climate, and the architectural quality support and complement each other to create an unforgettable total impression.” When all factors manage to work together to such pleasing ends, a feeling of physical and psychological well-being results: the feeling that a space is a thoroughly pleasant place in which to be."

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Walkonomics Shows The Walkability Of Streets Around The Globe

Walkonomics Shows The Walkability Of Streets Around The Globe | Urban Life | Scoop.it

Here in Amsterdam it can sometimes be a dangerous task to cross streets and walk without thinking. There are cars and bicycles everywhere, not to mention other pedestrians, who are so keen on getting to their destination as quick as possible.

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Walkonomics – How walkable is your street? – Blog » Why Walkability Isn’t Just About Proximity To Shops

Walkonomics – How walkable is your street? – Blog » Why Walkability Isn’t Just About Proximity To Shops | Urban Life | Scoop.it
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nancercize's curator insight, February 4, 2013 2:05 PM

AND: Don't forget to place benches or other seating periodically so peple with limited abilities pause occasionally and therefore ultimately walk farther. 

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The intelligence of a city is on the streets

The intelligence of a city is on the streets | Urban Life | Scoop.it

“Technological determinism inevitably collides with the unpredictability and complexity of urban life if technologically sophisticated top-down strategies are employed at a time, furthermore, of budget constraints for local authorities.”


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San Francisco To Help Citizens Create “Better Streets”

San Francisco To Help Citizens Create “Better Streets” | Urban Life | Scoop.it
One of Jane Jacobs’ most valuable contributions to the understanding of cities was her faith in the wisdom of the urban dweller. She argued that the physical city—and any approach to city planning—could not be separated from the wisdom of each individual inhabitant, “People who know well such animated city streets will know how it is. I am afraid people who do not will always have it a little wrong in their heads, like the old prints of rhinoceroses made from travelers’ descriptions of rhinoceroses.” The complication arising from Jacobs’ argument is simple though difficult to solve; how can we plan a city when planning is one part abstraction and abstraction removes us from Jacobs’ precious “real life” mentality?

 

A step towards solving this contradiction is sfbetterstreets.org, a website launched last week by the City of San Francisco. Developed by the San Francisco Planning Department in conjunction with other city agencies, the website is part of the city’s larger, “Better Streets” initiative. The legislative concept, described in San Francisco’s Better Streets Plan, is to create streets “designed and built to strike a balance between all users regardless of physical abilities or mode of travel… maximizing features for the comfort, usability, and aesthetics of people walking.”


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Un pavé intelligent testé dans les rues de Madrid

Un pavé intelligent testé dans les rues de Madrid | Urban Life | Scoop.it

Après l’informatique dans les nuages, voici l’informatique dans les pavés. La start-up espagnole Via Inteligente teste actuellement iPavement en plein cœur de Madrid. Le concept ? Une dalle intelligente de 25 kg de carbonate de calcium directement intégrée dans la chaussée, équipée d’un microprocesseur de 5GB connecté au Wifi et bluetooth, qui donne la possibilité aux usagers possesseurs d’un smartphone de connaître les principales attractions à proximité.


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Nevada issues Google first license for self-driving car

Nevada issues Google first license for self-driving car | Urban Life | Scoop.it
The future’s, here – its just not evenly distributed yet – to paraphrase William Gibson- the end of traffic jams and the start of Minority Reports automated freeways – and a...
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Street Marketing? « QR Code ® Artist

Street Marketing? « QR Code ® Artist | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Street marketing operation for the brand Colombian Americanino ( http://www.americanino.com /). I think it was staged (most had the Americanino brand of underwear), still interesting use of a QR Code and a mobile phone; ...
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Periodismo que se nutre de la calle

Periodismo que se nutre de la calle | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Los premios Ortega y Gasset reconocen el valor de trabajos que se nutren de lo cotidiano.
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“O Mercado”: feira gastronômica na madrugada de Higienópolis, por São Paulo para Iniciantes

“O Mercado”: feira gastronômica na madrugada de Higienópolis, por São Paulo para Iniciantes | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Imagine alguns dos melhores chefs de São Paulo reunidos em uma feirinha? Isso é a feira gastronômica "O Mercado", que acontecerá nas madrugadas de Higienópolis.

 

A feira funcionará da meia noite até as 5 da manhã, e a idéia é ser o ponto de encontro da galera depois da balada para fazer aquele lanchinho esperto, com muita variedade e preço justo.

É a mágica da cidade de São Paulo em seu estado mais puro: noite + gastronomia. Não fica melhor que isso!

 

O chef Checho Gonzales, idealizador do evento, diz que a idéia surgiu da falta de opções na madrugada:

 

"Criei essa feira por entender que existe uma grande carência de opções neste formato em São Paulo. Como uma cidade tão grande e tão viva tem uma oferta gastronômica tão reduzida após a meia-noite? Existem inúmeros mercados mundo afora, então resolvi criar o da nossa capital, que propõe qualidade com descontração, realmente ao alcance de todos. O que queremos com “O Mercado” não é só reunir bons cozinheiros, mas sim gente legal que gosta de comer bem e não se encaixa no horário padrão, nem no formato já existente."

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Alicè

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O Lápis Verde: Street art em bueiros de rua

O Lápis Verde: Street art em bueiros de rua | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Street art em bueiros de rua. Muita gente já conhece o trabalho da dupla de artistas Anderson Augusto e Leonardo Delafuente do 6emeia. Mas nós não poderiamos deixar de mostrar suas novas obras e incluir algumas ...
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amazing guitar and drum playing on the streets of Buenos Ai

unbelieveable guitar playing by 20 year old Damian Salazar from Buenos Aires. He and his friend Sebastian, who is the world champion in bucket drumming, are ...

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Claudio A. Clarenc's curator insight, July 9, 2013 3:35 PM

Florida y Lavalle. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Damián Salazar y Sebastián Zoppi, dos genios de 20 años

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35 Fantastic B&W Street Photographs

35 Fantastic B&W Street Photographs | Urban Life | Scoop.it

We bring you a list of 35 photographs of street photography, which are delightful for any aspiring street photographer.


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Ema Excell's curator insight, February 24, 2013 5:13 PM

Excellent referance for exam theme and movement photography.....

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An App That Tells You How Walkable a Street Really Is

An App That Tells You How Walkable a Street Really Is | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Walkonomics looks at small things -- sidewalk quality, hilliness -- that make a real difference to walkers.
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Are streets the answer – yes, but…

Are streets the answer – yes, but… | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Yesterday’s launch by think tank Policy Exchange of a report calling for the removal of inner-city high rise estates and their replacement with streets is a welcome contribution to discussions abou...
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Luxury Window Shopping Retail - Augmented Reality style, video comp from Total Immersion

It is a magical display in your High Street

You are walking in the street, glancing at window displays. In front of a fashion store, you are given a printed card by a shop assistant... You pick up the card and place it in front of a screen in the window display and this is when your interactive experience begins. The screen starts revealing a story in which you can interact by simply moving your card, messages appear, your personal fashion show revealed, and that very same card can then be used for you to discover more attractive promotional experience inside the shop.

This is how shopping in the high street becomes techno and a lot more interesting. With scenarios aimed at adults and teenagers, the surprise interactive effect brought by Augmented Reality leads to a whole new meaning to window shopping. This forward concept is an instant win to convert passers-by into potential in-store customers.


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Street Symphony Brings Some of the World's Greatest Musicians to Skid Row - Culture - GOOD

Street Symphony Brings Some of the World's Greatest Musicians to Skid Row - Culture - GOOD | Urban Life | Scoop.it
An ensemble of socially conscious musicians "dedicated to delivering the tremendous therapeutic power of live classical music.
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Bring research to the streets, not to cities without people

Bring research to the streets, not to cities without people | Urban Life | Scoop.it

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It is likely you have heard about this project of building a new city from scratch to test new urban technologies, but no people will be living there. In fact, we first heard about it some months ago (I wrote some paragraphs linking this with my memories from Dead cities and other tales, by Mike Davis, in which he depicts the construction of a german town in Utah to test the destruction potential of city centres aerial bombing).


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Why the Streets of Copenhagen and Amsterdam Look So Different From Ours

Why the Streets of Copenhagen and Amsterdam Look So Different From Ours | Urban Life | Scoop.it
By seizing a historical moment, ordinary Danish and Dutch citizens were able to change the course of development in their urban centers.
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22 exemplos de Internveções Urbanas criativas

22 exemplos de Internveções Urbanas criativas | Urban Life | Scoop.it
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Grid Unlocked: How Street Networks Evolve as Cities Grow

Grid Unlocked: How Street Networks Evolve as Cities Grow | Urban Life | Scoop.it
A new study purports to be one of the first to look at how urban areas develop over time and how their informal layouts become rationalized into a distinct grid. The study possibly discounts the wo...
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A STREET ART BRASILEIRA NA BUCKETFEET | INSPIRAblog

A STREET ART BRASILEIRA NA BUCKETFEET | INSPIRAblog | Urban Life | Scoop.it
A marca Bucketfeet, em nova coleção de tênis, incorpora a street art produzida no Brasil. Os artistas brasileiros, Bruno Big, Ment, Monttilaa e Tick, criaram as estampas de quatro modelos inspirados na paisagem, na ...
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Street Art e a revolução egípcia | Ponto Eletrônico

Street Art e a revolução egípcia | Ponto Eletrônico | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Ponto Eletrônico é um blog de arte, tecnologia, design e posts mágicos em geral. Tem mixtapes, infográficos, entrevistas, artigos sobre tendências, branding e inovação.
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