Getting Hydrated on La Rambla
Temperatures in Barcelona can get hot, and its a city built for walking. Luckily there are beautiful fountains like these along the way to refill your bottles from. They also serve as street lights, and potentially as places to sit.
Photo taken August, 2013.
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The ‘Golding Rule’, depicted as an adaptation of a road sign (the image to left), has been devised by the p2p group as a general rule for road priority ‘which promotes the idea of consideration by all road users and right of way of the more vulnerable’. It is named after prominent planning consultant and architect Francis Golding, who was one of six cyclists killed in London in a 2 week spell in November this year. Five of the six deaths in London over this period, including Mr Golding’s, involved either a lorry, bus or coach- and highlighted the dangers of the interaction of large vehicles and cyclists in heavy urban traffic.
In essence, the rule looks to address a primary aspect of this issue- whereby vulnerable road users, by nature of the mode they are travelling, are given priority over those who are likely to be of a danger to them. It is an idea which has similarities to the Reverse Traffic Pyramid concept in transport planning (image to right), whereby the hierarchy of prioritisation in planning decisions should have pedestrians at the top- reversing a bias that has predicated car-centric planning in many of our towns and cities.
Street trees create a desirable element within urban areas increasing the engagement of pedestrians in the public realm. They improve air quality and provide a sense of protection to pedestrians from vehicular traffic.
Great to see more #Copenhagen-style bike lanes springing up in Australia… #Urban planning for #ActiveLiving.
This video explains the advantages of some Dutch junction design principles in comparison to other Western examples (US in this video). Although UK junctions are usually not as simple as this, many of the principles can be applied to designing safe and accessible junctions here.
Photographed by Lara Swimmer
Location: Portland, OR, USA
The Tower House is conceived as 3 main rooms (LIVING, DINING and BEDROOM) floating loosely in a tubular shaped building skin or “sleeve.” These are the dominant rooms of the house. They are tall, generous volumes of space finished with oil rubbed quarter sawn white oak. They are simple, quiet rooms with a sense of luxury that comes from authenticity and craft. The white oak palate is limited to these spaces creating a strong threshold between inside the room and out, heightening ones sense of being held and contained.