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Comparison of Roundabout Bike Usage (North America V Netherlands)

Bicycle lanes in the Netherlands are red! The video above shows the construction of a cycle lane, more before and after pictures can be found here along with more details on the construction.

The inventory is a list of more than 150 case studies, guidelines, tools, and key scientific papers that might be helpful in creating healthily built environments. 

It is intended to support policy makers in local and regional governments, urban planners, medical health officers and researcher.

How the Netherlands got their cycle paths 

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If you’ve ever wondered how structural engineers account for wind speed when designing skyscrapers…(or how toilet waste gets down from the 100th floor of a building)….today’s discussion about the world’s tallest buildings should be of interest.

nprfreshair:

If you’ve ever wondered how structural engineers account for wind speed when designing skyscrapers…(or how toilet waste gets down from the 100th floor of a building)….today’s discussion about the world’s tallest buildings should be of interest.

Google Street View For Parks

Google released street view for parks today. The parks that have had the street view treatment include The Highline, New York and  Koganei Park, Tokyo. 

Below is a link in The Highline.


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Up until 1930, land in the mountains and deserts of California was still so cheap that these lots were sometimes given away. The Los Angeles Examiner, the flagship of Hearst’s great newspaper chain, sometimes gave away lots to new subscribers. Some encyclopedia companies also gave away building lots as an incentive to buy a set of encyclopedias. For decades, people all over the county cherished their 25- by 50-foot “encyclopedia lots,” unaware that their parcel might lie on the side of a steep hill eight miles from the nearest road.
William Fulton and Paul Shigley, Guide to California Planning (via chrishamby)

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Zoning administrator Ryan Smith digs into the recently released paperback of Donald Shoup’s seminal book, and the newly updated preface in particular.

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Shortlist for the 2011 Prince Philip Designers Prize Released

I might be slightly biased as I lived in Newcastle for four years while at University, but the Tyne Millennium bridge is a pretty amazing design. Chris Wilkinson and Jim Eyre who designed it are both nominated for this year’s prize.

The rest of the nominations can be found here.

 

Chris Wilkinson and Jim Eyre are co-founders of Wilkinson Eyre Architects, the first practice to win the Stirling Prize twice and the only one to win it two years in a row.

The first win was for Magna, the Science Exploration Centre in Rotherham, and the second was for the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, which connected Newcastle and Gateshead and acted as a focal point for regeneration in the area.

Wilkinson and Eyre’s work combines art, engineering and science. Other results include the serpentine bridge across the river Shannon which links two parts of the University of Limerick, the Jubilee Line station at Stratford and the new swing bridge on the Manchester Ship Canal. They’ve ranged from grand waterside locations like Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre to educational facilities like Bristol Brunel Academy and Maggie’s Centre, the Oxford self-help centre for cancer sufferers and their families.

They’re noted on the international stage too, with the Guangzhou International Finance Centre and the Singapore Gardens by the Bay among their biggest overseas projects.

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Jessica Speziale writes a weekly blog for the Red Pin Pulse. Check out her posts here.

Cost-effective housing is about making costs as low as possible. Building cost-effective housing comes down to stacking a series of cost-saving measures. Each measure on its own may yield saving of…