Friday Findings - August 11th Edition
In this edition of Friday Findings, we're looking at urban design and how changing trends in transportation are influencing design changes of urban landscapes.
Urban Parking Lots Are Slowly Dying & for Some This Is Not Ok.
As more individuals are turning against cars and opting for public transit, a noticeable shift of reduced parking spaces in the next few years is anticipated. Currently, the main way to discourage drivers is by no longer offering free parking in public spaces, the next phase will be to limit the availability of the parking spots in open lots, and finally, it will be actually eliminating some land that is currently dedicated to cars.
You can read read the full article featured on CBC News here.
Utah Introduces First Fully Electric Bike-Share Program
In an attempt to decrease traffic and improve the air quality in the city, Utah has been looking at alternative transportation methods that will reduce the amount of single occupancy cars on the road. The suggested replacement for the cars is a ride share program that uses e-bikes.
To learn more about the e-bike initiative, read the full article here.
13 Ways You Can Improve the Roof of Your Home
Traditionally a roof is thought as a space strictly intended to cover a home. It is given minimal design thought aside from the material chosen to cover it. The blog post by Homify aims to change this perception we have of roofs and demonstrate how they can become areas full of versatility. Changing the roof into an office space, a deck, a guest bedroom or an outdoor dining space are among some of the ideas that are suggested in the article.
You can read learn about the other suggestions here.
How Technology is Playing an Integral Role in City Planning
In this article by Sphere Life, the author discusses the importance of incorporating technology in a city in order to make it become a 'smart city'. They highlight how our vision of a future with driverless cars, more greenspaces, and technology managing our every move is only possible if it's planned ahead.
You can read the full article here.
This California Ghost City is a Monument to Bad Planning
It's a familiar scene. An area that was once planned to be populous, gradually becomes a location where developments are shafted and further plans never come to fruition. In this article found on Co.Design, they explore how California City, California is resembling a ghost town with its dwindling population and visible sketch of a metropolis area that never materialized.
You can read the full article about the city here.
Next week we will be analyzing trends in architecture that focus on benefiting pedestrians. So if you have an article you think we should check out, contact us and it may just get added to our findings!