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From the decaying plazas of City 17 to the wide expanses of Hyrule, the virtual spaces we inhabit in games come to feel as familiar as our own neighbourhoods. A new book sets out to map, explore and unearth the history and design details of urban spaces in video games, including Fallout’s New Vegas, Yakuza’s Kamurocho and the fog-shrouded streets of Silent Hill.

Thanks to the special needs vehicles and the superb cycling infrastructure network in the Netherlands they use the tricycles for transport, fitness, therapy and recreation just like anyone else.

Just months after Uber acquired the dockless electric bikeshare startup Jump, Lyft’s acquisition of Motivate is another big move by a ride-hailing company toward the goal of “mobility as a service.”

While Waymo reported that its vehicles could go an average of 5,600 miles (9,000 km) per disengagement in California at the end of 2017, and GM’s Cruise autonomous-vehicle division reported 1,250 miles (2,000 km), Uber’s test vehicles in Arizona were stuggling to go a mere 13 miles (21 km) before a driver had to intervene at the end of March 2018.

What Is Loitering, Really?
America’s laws against lingering have roots in Medieval and Elizabethan England. Since 1342, the goal has always been to keep anyone “out of place” away.

The initially well-planned neighborhood has gradually degenerated to almost slum status. This deterioration was partially exacerbated by a cycle of unrealistic planning expectations, municipal mismanagement and subsequent apathy among the residents of Dandora because of this breakdown. Today, Dandora is infamous for containing the biggest dumpsite in East Africa and has one of the highest crime rates in Kenya.

“Because people have these 24-hour patterns of living nowadays and because by 2050 two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities where circadian disruption is much more likely, it is quite a big public health issue. How do we take account of our natural patterns of rest and activity and how do we design cities or jobs to protect people’s mental health?”

But from where I stand, the most exciting form of transportation technology is more than 100 years old—and it’s probably sitting in your garage. It’s the bicycle. The future of transportation has two thin wheels and handlebars.

"Rugosity and concentricity: In urban planning, look to edges, not just the core"

Brinkley maintains that building cities that interweave farms and greenways could accommodate more population growth, with high density housing and office space on public transit routes. This would put higher density development near the desirable urban edge where housing can offer a premium.

Collect, share and discuss local knowledge. GeoKey provides server-side components to run participatory mapping projects.

Madrid-based location intelligence company Carto has teamed up with Google-owned Waze, through the latter’s Connected Citizens Program, to offer traffic management insights to municipalities. Madrid, Spain, is the first announced city, but others are on the way, including in the US.

The impact that Cargonomia creates in the city can be identified in two ways. On the one hand it produces a direct impact through its daily operation. It fosters and promotes smarter mobility solutions through the use of cargo bikes as an alternative to cars or lorries, resulting in a lower environmental footprint. It also brings local and organically produced food into the city as the most popular box distribution point for its source farm.

"The massive contrast between gridded architectural systems and the natural environment is something that when seen from above is very apparent and nearly intrusive looking. Cityscapes are at the same time becoming the norm and are in themselves some kind of natural evolution of the planet’s environment."


This SimCity-Like Tool Lets Urban Planners See The Potential Impact Of Their Ideas

Urban Footprint makes it easy to run simulations to see how a new plan might change traffic and commute times, the ability of kids to walk to school, access to jobs, energy use, the local economy, health, and carbon emissions.

The Hackable City recently released a series of informal toolkits on collaborative urbanism and grassroots citymaking, ‘The Hackable City’ Cahiers 1-3, available on the collective’s website. In Fall 2018, stay tuned for the forthcoming Springer edition The Hackable City Edited Volume: Digital Media and Collaborative Citymaking in the Network Society.

"It is all about the redemocratization and reallocation of our urban space... we need to bend over backwards to make our streets safe for all users, including those who wish to cycle. Reluctantly squeezing the bicycle into a car-centric Matrix serves very few. A massive effort to redemocratize our streets is the greatest urban challenge we face," says Mikael Colville-Andersen

“The city has long been designing infrastructure based on the demands of vehicles, neglecting the requirements of pedestrians,” [..] “Shanghai’s Inner Ring Road, for instance, makes traffic flow faster but is a major obstacle for downtown pedestrians,” he said. In many global metropolises, most urban public space is devoted to highways, railways and subways, while pedestrian passageways have been shrinking or disappeared, he added.

Robert Schneider, Associate Professor Urban Planning at UWM studied 20 intersections in Milwaukee over the last two years. His team found that only 16% of drivers stopped for pedestrians in the crosswalk.

Take Shape is a new publication charting the waters of architectural, legal, and political thinking. Its first issue takes up the topic of industrial reuse, with a focus on lofts. Lofts [...] provide affordable housing and often serve as a respite from the profit-driven real estate market. Simultaneously, they can be co-opted by property developers and local officials to justify rising rents and increased policing in newly “safe,” “artistic,” and desirable neighborhoods.