Shared space roads, where cars, cyclists and pedestrians are expected to mix, have received criticism for being unsafe for the visually impaired. Will this textured surface on London’s first shared space road help? More on This Big City.
There are more of these shared space roads (in small portions) e.g Peckham High Street and on Walworth Road which were once known for the speedy traffic, but now crossing in these areas has become a lot easier. As they are being rolled out across London in small doses, more users (peds, cycl, drivers), especially drivers will get used to it, so I’m confident that it can work on a larger scale…although I still think there will be issues for disabled users- I wonder if there are any promotional / training support for the visually impaired using these new street designs?
Great introduction to the relationship between planning and food. I used this in conjunction with the new London plan in a recent essay and its really useful. At the moment food and spatial planning is not really built into my course, but its discussed in terms of sustainability, urban design and the contribution of planning to other fields.
Its inspired me enough to get in touch with Sustain and I’m currently doing some research on some case studies to update this document…wooo-ooo!!
Birmingham currently asks its residents to put black bags full of rubbish, including food waste, out on the streets every week with recycling in open boxes collected every 2 weeks.
On most streets around the city, this means that by the time the lorries arrive to collect the stuff we put out, bags have been ripped open by rats, birds, foxes or cats and on windy days (like recently) the recycling is blowing all over the street. http://www.karmadillo.co.uk/b31/?p=5725
The second biggest city in the UK could challenge rubbish collection and recycling practices nationally but is the will of change there? or could we see the introduction of more standardised approaches set elsewhere?
I will be following this one…. update to follow later
Im currently researching the challenges that planners in London face around building and supporting sustainable food resources and so this article by Kendra Pierre-Louis is particularly interesting to me at the moment.
In this article she talks about how marketing organisations and food producers are now targeting LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) with organic food which is not necessarily healthy and although organically produced is not necessarily sustainable . She identifies this as chocolate made from ‘organic coco’ and coconut water, both very popular with organic foodies .
As a Londoner from an ethnic minority group, a point within the article that really struck me was on the question of Western demand for quinoa
Personally I am not into this or is it a native food source of my parents, but to date with my research, I have found that many writers currently support the local independent shops and produce found in many inner city deprived neighborhoods as a good example of local access to healthy foods, supermarket rivalry and a more sustainable source. However, while I dont doubt that some of the carrots, potatoes and peas are healthy and maybe locally sourced , what about the Yam, plantain and casava? While these are healthy foods, these are not local in anyway, and if they are given our climate they are not organic.
So my questions around sustainable food and the potential of planning is:
In a globalised locality how do you grow organically and encourage better use of local traditional foods in a community where local is segregated, culturalized and sometimes feels entirely foreign?
While evidence of community growing and local farmers market is evident throughout the UK, what is being done to challenge less sustainable but organically produced foods that arrive by Air to UK supermarkets international isles and local shops?
Is there an educational gap on the ‘organic truth’ and are planners ready to challenge sections of the community on the less sustainable food choices?
Thanks for sharing this. I got a copy of this a couple of weeks ago and had a quick dabble through and I thought it was quite well done. There are some very interesting ideas and themes coming through which I hope we will see implemented in the future.
My christmas reading - Jan Gehl’s excellent report on London; “Towards a Fine City for People” which “describes the present conditions in London and pinpoints the barriers and obstacles pedestrians have to overcome when walking in London.” Well worth reading! London still has a long way to go. Read the project summary here and the main report here.
Jihyun David has designed a series of new street furniture inspired by msterdammertjes and the dutch bike’s culture in the hope to recapture the city streets and remind local residence of its importance as a social rather that a people traffic domain. The objectives of Zip are simple and as follows:
Zip is about Amsterdam. By combining two of the symbols of Amsterdam, bikes and red bollards, it creates a new icon of Amsterdam’s design.
Zip is Fun. It’s fun to ride it and it’s Leuk to take a picture on it!
Zip is about Re-Use. Low footprint on the environment, recycling, are in the DNA of the project
Zip It’s about re-discovering public space. By providing comfort and fun, ZIP can transform an empty space into an attractive spot.
ZIP is for people and not for cars. It invites people to consider the importance of the street as a social space instead of a mere traffic domain.
As you know by now, our planet now has a population of 7 billion people. As fellow TreeHugger Brian Merchant put it, “That means 7 billion people who get hungry, need space, and disagree with things that the other 6.999999999 billion people say.” And as Brian points out, that means 7 billion people who want electricity, to drive cars, who want clean water, internet access, etc.
But what does 7 billion actually look like?
This great infographic by Fathom, appropriately titled Dencity, shows us. Larger dark circles show fewer people while brighter circles have a denser population.
Nonetheless, Fathom does a great job of displaying the situation we are in. We hit 7 billion just twelve years after hitting 6 billion, and 24 since we hit 5 billion. This growth is being driven primarily by the developing world. For example, Africa’s population, which just passed 1 billion, is expected to double come 2050.”