Saturday, December 31, 2005
They note a recent program called Manpo-Kei out of Japan that encourages people who want to lose weight to walk 10,000 paces a day. Referring, as we often do, to Copenhagen, they note a 10 step plan to create cityscapes that encourage walking. And in a post from May 2004, they tout the new "woonerf" streets in, again, Denmark and Holland.
In Seattle, woonerf's are gradually catching on with projects like the original SEA street blocks (which has a great new educational slideshow online) and the Berger Partnership has proposed a similar approach at Terry Avenue in South Lake Union.
Thursday, December 29, 2005
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Also check out this updated list of pedestrian and vehicular projects for Washington State, here.
Monday, December 19, 2005
Mill River Park Plan - Similar but Different
Stamford situation is similar to Seattle, but different. Check it out and see what you think!
Trust for Public Land info:
Mill River Park Collaborative info:
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Check it out at his Garden Lab.
The council did delay their final vote wanting to hear more about the following four points:
On this last one, this seems the most important. Streams will never be daylit if there are buildings on them. So go for it, write a letter, express your opinion. You're already writing a number of letters to friends and family during the holiday season. Think of Mr. Rasmussen as your second cousin, Jean Godden, your mom's aunt, and Richard McIver as the joyous, gregarious favorite uncle.
Houck in the House
On a cold Monday evening, Mike Houck brought his travelling ministry up the I-5 corridor to testify in front of the faithful (and hopefully a few converts) in the Bertha Landes Room in City Hall.
In a presentation that can only be described as mind-spinningly rapid fire, Houck walked through 25 years of Portland open space planning and transformation. For the Rose City, it isn't about sports or recreation areas, but is about the places where people can touch nature and about water quality healthy. A significant difference between Portland and Seattle: their streams aren't all buried; you can see, touch and feel them. Brillant! And the city is a cultural bastion in a forest: cayotes ride MAX trains, businessmen catch salmon from off the downtown waterfront, and citizens turn streets into gardens.
If we could get the elected officials, decision makers and key personnel down to Portland to experience some of these places, it would be conversion in an instant. Any organizations out there wanting to sponsor this?
Some links to Mr. Houck's work:
Coalition for a Liveable Future
Audobon Society Portland
Monday, December 05, 2005
NASCAR and Urban Ecosystems? You bet!
“Our goal with this and other work in the coming months is to provide communities with tools to make better use of their assets by designing with nature,” said Gary Moll, AMERICAN FORESTS’ vice president for urban forests and project director.
Full article here
Friday, December 02, 2005
Architecture Really is for the Birds
This is a somewhat related article that presents a unique approach to site level details for students (but I think could be a communtiy-based approach as well) to incorporate local species as their clients and biasing their work towards nature.
Read more here
image copyright Joanne Connelly, UCBerekely News