Tagged With urban planning

Once a tiny counter-culture gathering on a San Francisco beach, Burning Man has ballooned into what could be considered an impressive experiment in rapid urbanisation. Last year, the population of Black Rock City, which is erected for the festival in the Nevada desert, swelled to over 70,000.

"The Bronx is burning." Throughout the 1970s, hundreds of buildings went up in flames in New York City's poorest neighbourhoods. But nowhere were the fires more prevalent than The Bronx, where on a single night in July 1977, 400 blazes were raging. And flawed urban planning data was to blame.

Riding through a city on a bike lane that's separated from cars feels great. But when you roll up to a light, the infrastructure often vanishes, leaving you feeling vulnerable as you cross busy lanes of traffic. Now a new type of intersection might keep cyclists safer and more visible. And it was created by a designer who used to make video games.

For many of us, cities that are easier to traverse on foot are better places to live. If you're one of those people, you might be curious to know which of America's cities actually are the most walkable. A new study by the real estate and brokerage website Redfin breaks it down.

Eleri Harris has a new comic on Medium about the utopian plan for Australia's capital city of Canberra. Two idealistic American architects, Walter Burley Griffin and his wife Marion Mahoney Griffin, won a competition to design what they believed could be the greatest planned city in the history of the world.

In the US, the FAA's rules about commercial drones have so far been ham-fisted: ban, except in special cases. And who knows how things will pan out in Australia where three Aussie entrepreneurs want regulatory approval to deliver parcels using drones. But what would a world where we live, play, and work next to drones look like? What would city zoning for drones look like?

When the Commonwealth Games come to Glasgow this July, the city wants to put its best foot forward. The city thus has plans to blow up the Red Road flats, an infamous and now largely abandoned housing project, as part of its opening ceremony. A growing backlash, however, asks whether dynamiting the Red Road flats should really be turned into a celebration.

Super-typhoon Haiya, the single most powerful storm ever recorded, is an unsettling harbinger of troubles to come. Weather systems across the globe have gained terrifying intensity and destructive force over the past few years thanks to our rapidly warming planet. New defences are needed to protect our metropolitan centres, most of which are located within a stone's throw of the ocean. The solution: fight nature with nature.

Can you imagine what it would be like to report crimes via Facebook or call for a fire truck through Twitter? It would be pretty convenient, right? None of that scary "Call 000!" business. No ambling down to the precinct for filling out paperwork. No need to leave your living room actually. It would be equivalent to a socially networked Neighbourhood Watch.

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