Urban Update - 11 July 2017

Australia

Australia - Infrastructure and Housing Investment Must Prioritise Urban Design

 

Planning Institute Of Australia: We Don’t Need An Urban Design Trigger

 

Entries open for the 2017 Australian Urban Design Awards

 

Canada

Calgary seeking submissions for Mayor’s Urban Design Awards

 

China

China's New 'Forest City' Will Make You Rethink Urban Cities

India

Too many traffic signs in Delhi;  not enough clarity, 70% ‘wrongly placed’

 

New Zealand

Putting people at the centre of urban designNZ

 

USA

What are the biggest problems faced by America’s cities?  

 

 

 

Movement

Tube map created for people with anxiety/claustrophobia

 

How do we make our main roads better, bigger and more beautiful? We need to Create boulevards

 

Politics, Philosophy, Economics

50 inventions that created the modern world– BBC

 

Walkable urban areas can become playgrounds for the rich. Is there any way to prevent that?

 

Cities are complex systems. We should analyse them as such

 

 

Energy, Climate Change

Climate change to increase risk and height of extreme sea level events
1 in 100 year event at Brest could be 4 metres above normal

 

Record rainfall hits Paris 49.2mm in one hour

 

Paris was flooded last year with a national emergency being declared

 

'Very strong' climate change signal in record June heat

 

Urban design in the time of climate change: making a friend of floods

 

Sustainable Design of Communities Dramatically Reduces Waste– Scientific American The Oakland Ecoblock project: Moving beyond the green-home level, ambitious projects are attempting to join blocks of buildings into a single sustainable unit

 

Technology

Computer modelling helping us to design towns and cities - Sustrans

 

Minecraft used to design public spaces in more than 25 developing countries

 

Pokémon Go and Plymouth: How games are impacting urban design

 

Built Environment

Secret of how Roman concrete survived tidal battering for 2,000 years revealed

Modern steel reinforced concrete made with Portland cement, eventually splits and disintegrates after long term exposure to salt.  Roman concrete, made with volcanic materials, sees continued crystalisation with the growth of “aluminous tobermorite”. The minerals form fine fibres and plates that make the concrete more resilient and less susceptible to fracture over time.

 

Concrete may help curb air pollution, shows new study

 

Bees affected by land use zoning proposals

 

Manchester Building of the Year Shortlist of 7

 

Humans, Health, Society

“Building bridges” has failed to unite us. America needs to embrace the front porch instead

 

Survey of impact on citizens of park design and maintenance; neighborhood order and disorder; and welcoming civic spaces and buildings.

·         Litter is associated with depleted civic trust.

·         People living near popular parks report greater community connection and greater satisfaction with local government - 14 percent more likely to report satisfaction with police and 13 percent with the mayor.

A moderate clean-up of a vacant lot can significantly enhance measures of civic trust — including a 13 percent increase in the belief that people care