Friday Findings - August 18th Edition
Today we're looking at architecture and design choices that are intended to benefit pedestrians.
Switzerland Opens World's Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge
Opened on July 29th, 2018, the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge is currently the world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge spanning at 1621 feet. The bridge offers an efficient form of crossing between the towns of Zermatt and Grachen as pedestrians can cross in a mere 10 minutes.
To learn more about the bridge watch the video above or read the article found here.
A New Housing Model Looks at Building a Neighbourhood in a Box
A company called "Urby" is redefining what it means to be living in a city for millennials and those traditionally under the age of 39. Unlike traditional residences that have limited shared spaces (if any), Urby is designed to facilitate interaction between tenants. According to City Lab, "Each complex comprises ultramodern living units, ground-level retail, amenities such as heated outdoor pools, fitness centers, and keyless entry via phone app."
To read more about 'Urby' developments, read the full article here.
This Garden House Grows Enough Food for Three Generations of One Family
Located in Ho Chi Minh City, this large home accommodates a family of three generations and has a veritable jungle inside that provides the family with food and green space on every floor. The home was also built using sustainable materials such as natural stone, wood, and exposed concrete.
To learn more about the home, read the full article here.
Bollards Are Saving Lives + Improving Urban Design
When standing outside a store, browsing an event on a walkway, or strolling on a pier, you're likely to notice a series of bollards. While they are not often thought about or even noticeable, bollards are kind of like the silent protector of the city that deserves more recognition. This is because they provide a safe barrier between cars and pedestrians without damaging the appeal of a dense urban area.
If you're interested in learning more about bollards and their function within an urban area, read the article here.