Urban Update 23 Jan
Technological progress alone will not stem resource use – MIT News
Researchers find no evidence of an overall reduction in the world’s consumption of materials.
Driverless Cars Waymo – Google Driverless Car Project
Uber releases data to help cities with transport planning – The Atlantic CItylab
Planning fails - Unionville Elementary morning car drop-off insanity – Youtube Video
Unionville Elementary School, Charlotte, North Carolina (700 pupils) is located well away from the nearest housing (eg 500 metres – which perhaps isn’t that far away). Many/most/all of the parents bring their child to the school by car. The school staff have organised a sophisticated traffic routing system around the school driveways and car parks that reduces queuing on the highway. Instead, a queue develops on the school grounds of around 400 metres, plus a further 200 metres or more on the highway.
The system doesn’t solve the problems of noise, air pollution, fuel costs, non-epidemic disease, including obesity, cardiovascular disease. Alternatives might be several small schools, rather than one big school, and providing from the outset a series of safe segregated cycle paths radiating from the schools, to the nearby housing areas, plus 20mph speed limits on the local roads.
Aerial view on Google Maps
Why you should exit a car using the hand furthest from the door – Readers Digest
Politics Philosophy Economics
The glorification of history may give rise to a willingness to fight in a war – University of the Basque Country
Research by the University of the Basque Country concludes that a person's willingness to fight in a war is also associated with a dominant, universal belief, in all contexts and cultures, that regards the course of history as social progress. This can be allied with the representation of historical figures as heroes, and a justification of warfare and violence as a necessary part of the path of that progress. The research is of relevance to the resurgence of nationalism, extremism and populist politics, which threatens to destabilise nations and communities alike. Sometimes it seems that the people who tirelessly work to build society receive less recognition than those who act to dismantle it.
England’s Housing White Paper May be delayed 30th Jan or later
- Foundations of the housing white paper are still being laid as Prime Minister Theresa May asks for more meat on the bones – CityAM
- Housing White paper may be out on Monday….or Tuesday….. or… - Estate Agent Today
- Kevin McCloud hails housing White Paper - Telegraph
- UK housing white paper risks ‘huge backlash’ – Financial Times
UK housing stock value soars to a record £6.8tn – Financial Times
London and south-east account for almost half the total
New Environmental Protection Act needed after Brexit – House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee
Meet the Y.I.M.B.Y. estate owners building new towns on their land – at their own expense – The Telegraph
Tornagrain, Invernesshir: Earl of Murray; Welbourne, Hampshire: Thistlethwayte; Chapelton, Aberdeenshire: Duke of Fife.
Open to all? Why public realm design needs a rethink – Construction News
X-Ray Your City's Street Network, With a Bit of Code - CItyLab
A new open-source tool lets users compare the structure of cities around the world.
Insight into Scotland’s curious vitrified hillforts – Past Horizons
Humans Health Society
Design solutions for housing, race and segregation that reflect local people’s views – St Louis Radio Programme
“Many designers have good intentions but don’t understand problems on the ground” Important to design something for a particular community and not something generic.
Too much sitting, too little exercise may accelerate biological aging – University of California
Elderly women with less than 40 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per day and who remain sedentary for more than 10 hours per day have shorter telomeres — tiny caps found on the ends of DNA strands, like the plastic tips of shoelaces, that protect chromosomes from deterioration and progressively shorten with age.
Large sample study finds mortality reduces with increasing (self-reported) exercise levels – Loughborough University
American Medical Association Adopts Guidance to Reduce Harm from High Intensity LED Street Lights – AMA
LED streetlights emit large quantities of blue light with a wavelength that most adversely suppresses melatonin during night. Melatonin is one of the hormones that regulates bodyclocks in humans and animals. Brighter residential night-time lighting is associated with reduced sleep times, dissatisfaction with sleep quality, excessive sleepiness, impaired daytime functioning and obesity.
Also LED Magazine
Advice for maximising memory – tell someone else what you have just learned – Baylor University
Energy Climate Change
NOAA research shows the global average of mild weather days will drop, with dramatic declines for some, increases for others - AAAS
Tropics to lose milder days, U.S., Canada, northern Europe to gain milder days – potentially 10-15 per annum.
Finding ways to fix climate change before it is too late - Gemini research news
production of steel, other metals, cement and chemicals (including plastic) account for roughly 50 per cent of all industrial greenhouse gas emissions.
NOAA publish local maps of sea level rise – US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Change in sea level is not uniform but varies
Amanda Reynolds (UDG Past Chair) wins Finnish Masterplanning Award
The scheme is a brownfield regeneration of Tampere providing homes for 25,000 people, in three distinctive neighbourhoods with an identity growing from the adjacent Lielahti Lake and existing heritage factory buildings. A strong central park will include a new tram route.
These acid-white LEDs serve as a lesson for Toronto planners – Globe and Mail
Crowd funded Report warns that Aylesbury Integrated Transport and Land Use Strategy Won’t work
Issue is over expansion of housing and a “town drowned in traffic with very poor air quality”
Birmingham Eastside masterplan in line for national award – Birmingham Post
Urban Design Group, the UK's national body for urban design, has shortlisted the project alongside three others in its annual awards for best practice
Houston – call for change in parking requirements to reflect circumstance - Houston Chronicle
NB – the UK’s“Space to Park” suggests levels of parking that reflect whether a site is inner city, suburban, rural etc.
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