March, 15th 2012 18:22:10 / by Katrin Scheikl
“Future city streets will be in four levels,” says Mr. Corbett, architect, in Popular Science Monthly in 1925. “The top level for pedestrians, the next lower level for slow motor traffic, the next for fast motor traffic and the lowest for electric trains. Great blocks of terraced skyscrapers half a mile high will house offices, schools, homes and playgrounds in successive levels, while the roofs will be aircraft landing-fields.”
See the full infographic at Retronaut.
December, 7th 2011 10:39:57 / by Katrin Scheikl
You might think the savest areas for pedestrians are pavements and sidewalks but this urban street design concept will prove you wrong: Studies show that drivers in “Shared Space” streets are 14 times more likely to give way to pedestrians.
“Shared Spaces” is a dutch design concept for urban areas which removes lane markers, curbs and pavements. Cars, cyclists and pedestrians are using the same street level. It makes the streets riskier and therefore safer – because it forces everyone to slow down and be aware of other people on the road.
Some European cities already adopted this design concept: You can find “Shared Space” streets in London (Exhibition road), Brighton New Road and even Graz (Austria).
Source: This Big City, Good.is, Wikipedia
Image source: Nurpax (Flickr)