Detroit debuts brand new 20,000-square-foot pedestrian plaza

June 14, 2017 by  
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Detroit , Michigan is one of the most dangerous cities in the United States for pedestrians . But the city is taking one step to overcome that with the recent opening of a new plaza by the iconic Spirit of Detroit statue. The 20,000 square foot civic square offers space for live performances and art displays, and will host food trucks . The Spirit of Detroit Plaza takes over one block of Woodward Avenue between Jefferson Avenue and Larned Street in front of the statue, which has adorned the area since 1958. The space boasts tables and chairs, colorful paintings on the sidewalk, lights, and planters. It will go through a 90-day trial this summer to see how pedestrians and traffic respond to the newly-created area. Related: America’s first urban ‘agrihood’ feeds 2,000 households for free Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement, “Every world-class city has a central plaza where people can gather and celebrate its civic history, and in front of the Spirit of Detroit is the perfect place for all Detroiters to have the opportunity. We are committed to a Detroit that’s open and accessible to all and this new plaza has been envisioned to celebrate all of the diversities that come together to make us a great city.” Detroit said the new plaza offers “a more direct pedestrian link between Downtown and the Detroit Waterfront.” Vehicles will be redirected onto other nearby streets. The city also said the plaza’s presence could help slash the potential for crashes. The plaza helps simplify an intersection and that fact along with adjusted area traffic signals could even reduce delays on Jefferson Avenue. If the trial goes well, city agencies and the mayor aim to make the plaza permanent. City Planning Director Maurice Cox described the Spirit of Detroit Plaza as a “key piece in making a more vibrant, walkable, diverse downtown.” He appears to have high hopes for the plaza, saying in a statement, “By simplifying the downtown grid and consolidating traffic flow, we are creating a more inviting street and safer pedestrian crossings. And of course, if something changes or the design doesn’t work as well as we expect, we can adjust it or even restore its original design. We expect this will reset expectations for what is possible on neighborhood streets across the city.” Via Curbed Detroit and the City of Detroit Images via Janette Sadik-Khan on Twitter , City of Detroit , and City of Detroit on Twitter

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Keynsham Civic Center and One Stop Shop brings public space back to Bristolians

July 22, 2016 by  
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The complex occupies a large sloping site located within the town center, and makes it accessible to pedestrians . In addition to office spaces and civic facilities, the complex includes 20,000 square feet of retail spaces on the ground floor. Related: Prefabricated Southend Pier Cultural Centre Sits At the End of the World’s Longest Pleasure Pier “We responded to the challenge of the constrained and sloping town centre site by slicing through it to create two new pedestrian retail streets and a cluster of inter-locking buildings,” said the architects. “This allowed over 50% of the site to be given over to new retail focused public realm and better integrated the development into the existing urban grain.” Related: Atelier CMJN Unveils Plans for Sustainable Great Fen Visiting Center in the UK In addition to its communal and civic values, the project is marked by several sustainable features such as power-saving mechanisms, efficient lighting systems, high thermal mass, and excellent acoustic performance . The project, which won the 2015 RIBA South West Sustainability Award, is the first in the country to target a Display Energy Certificate (DEC). + AHR Architects Via Architecture Photos by Daniel Hopkinson

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Gensler proposes electricity-generating bike paths for London Underground’s disused tunnels

February 6, 2015 by  
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Architecture firm Gensler has received the London Planning Award for Best Conceptual Project for the “London Underline,” a proposal to turn the city’s disused Underground rail tunnels into a network of bike and pedestrian paths. Not only would the project address the problems of over-crowded commuter paths and disused infrastructure, but the Underline would harness the kinetic energy of everyone’s footsteps so as to be completely carbon neutral. Read the rest of Gensler proposes electricity-generating bike paths for London Underground’s disused tunnels Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bike path , cycle path , Gensler , kinestic energy , London , pedestrian , public transit , tube , under line , underground , underground park , underline

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Proposed Red Line Park Could Be Cleveland’s Answer to The High Line

July 18, 2013 by  
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Theo Jansen’s Mighty Wind-Powered Creatures (Videos)

September 6, 2011 by  
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That’s just wind powering that animaris rhinoceros up there. I hadn’t heard of Theo Jansen or his amazing wind-powered creatures/sculptures before reading a profile on the artist in last week’s New Yorker , though Lloyd has covered his work here before . Put simply, the guy blew me away. He builds intricate sculptures that resemble imaginary beasts, somehow both mythological and futuristic. He creates them largely out of lightweight plastic tubes and other pedestrian building materials. Then, he places them in wind-swept locales — largely beaches in his native Holland — and they… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Tiny Concept Commuter Bike Folds Up To Just 8 Inches

September 6, 2011 by  
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Images via Yanko Design This tiny folding bike might be the smallest, most easily portable pedal-powered transportation we’ve seen…but is it practical?… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Bolivia Celebrates First Annual "Day of the Pedestrian"

September 6, 2011 by  
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Photo: Crystian Cruz / cc It’s been a good 4 million years since our earliest ancestors rose up on two feet and began walking bipedally, but it was just yesterday that its practitioners got a holiday of their very own. As a nod to the most eco-friendly form of transportation, the Bolivian government held the first annual “National Day of the Pedestrian” on Sunday, which not only encouraged residents to get out a walk around, it kind of forced them to — by banning cars, trucks, and buses for just one day. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Breakdancers Spread the Beyond Coal Message In New York (VIDEO)

September 6, 2011 by  
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We need to meet people where they are and then persuade them that saving the climate is something that matters to them. That’s why I love so many of the things the Sierra Club has been up to lately, including this wonderful video of breakdancers in NYC spreading the “Beyond Coal” message in such a cool way. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Slate Names Janette Sadik-Khan "One of the Most Innovative and Practical Thinkers of Our Time"

August 10, 2011 by  
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Slate is in the midst of rolling out its ‘Top Right’ awards, a series that honors those who both have the audacity to think big and the pragmatism and gumption to put their ideas into action. The latest honoree is Janette Sadik-Khan , New York City’s Transportation Commissioner. We’ve written much about JSK’s work here on TreeHugger — she’s behind the pedestrian-izing of Times Square and the ambitious city-wide bike lane expansion. In other words, she’s helping to turn NYC into a healthier, more livable and more sustainable city. Check out

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Grilled Strawberries Over Vanilla Ice Cream

August 10, 2011 by  
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Photos by Jaymi Heimbuch This recipe should be enjoyed with glass (or more) of 2008 Nativo from Oso Libre Winery . The wine is lush, dripping with strawberry jam and subtle notes of lavender and anise. With a hint of eucalyptus, this fruit forward wine is great for… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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