Urban Design Archive
Eliminate every possible confusion with improved signage. Parking garages are elaborately ramped circles, so people naturally feel spun around.
The boss won’t see the bugs or the birds or the straw — but he will see that one tree, standing alone in the tract he paid you to clear.
The report’s suggested solutions ... are wholly unoriginal — a paint-by-numbers picture of a bright and cheery downtown in Anyplace, USA.
Each of them wondered why I saw their system as problematic, but each had stories of problems they had personally encountered.
Putting a solution ahead of a problem is not always a bad thing, especially when it involves free cake.
If I had seen these three in the grocery line ahead of me, I might not have noticed much difference between them. But stories shine in ways statistics can’t.
We knew our claim for recreational greatness would not be challenged, but in a state without a sales tax, you can’t build an economy with good shows and plenty of open space.
Remove the threshold and a building becomes a sculpture — an entirely different thing. The threshold brings outsiders in. It sends insiders out.
If we can restripe Willamette Street to see how drivers adapt, we can allow our roving restaurants to rove. At the very least, it’s another experiment worth trying.
To achieve those greater efficiencies, drivers must cooperate with one another. That may be too much to ask. “We have taught people to drive badly, on purpose and at great expense”....