The Belfield Avenue project in Philadelphia, by Onion Flats. Each townhouse has a 5-kilowatt array, which is often enough to provide an energy surplus and to feed back to the power grid, bringing the project to net zero.
From The Greenest Home: Superinsulated and Passive House Design, available from PAPress here.
This is what a cyclist-friendly speed hump looks like.
It also works better for cars. Deep and narrow speed humps like those in the US encourage cars to dramatically slow down, then speed back up again, whereas the wide and shallow speed humps in Copenhagen and elsewhere encourage a uniformly lower speed without the near-stops.
The city of Curitiba announced the details of Plan Cicloviário on September 6th. The big news, however, is not the $90 million investment to implement hundreds of kilometres of new bike roads in the capital by 2016. Nor is it the creation of designated routes for bikes on 7th Avenue, a major artery of the city centre. And it’s not the design of a ‘cycling microgrid’ in the Industrial City of Curitiba, to benefit workers who use the bicycle as a means of transport.
The real news is the plan itself, and all that it represents.
Curitiba now has a bicycle plan, announced as a “package”. In the political world, something tends to only make ‘package status’ when it is an emergency and it is critical. One hears “package” for Economy, Education, Health and Public Safety. But now the bike has also earned a package of 12 measures, ranging from infrastructure deployment to the creation of a ‘cycling plaza.’ Hopefully it will be enough to drag the concept of multi-modality into the mainstream of city planning in Curitiba.
The twelve main points of Plan Cicloviário:
A cycling microgrid, with 19.5 km of roads linking different parts of the city. Deadline: 2014.
Road calming on 6.3 kilometers of roads, with bike-priority areas at intersections. Deadline: 2014.
Bike Rental terminals and segregated bicycle parking. Deadline: 2016.
Upgrading existing bike lanes and bike-sharing facilities. Deadline: 2016.
Completion of a 47km city park circuit linking eight city parks. Deadline: 2014.
Completion of cycling infrastructure projects currently underway across the city.
Bike lanes on Avenida Marechal Floriano Peixoto (3.84 km), the Green Line BRT route (1.76 km) and on Avenida Comendador Franco (19.2 km). Deadline: October 2013.
Creation of a cycling plaza in downtown Curitiba. Deadline: 2014.
Installation of 25 sets of bicycle parking facilities on pavements. Deadline: 2013.
Installation of 20 sets of bicycle parking facilities at bus terminals in the city. Deadline: 2016.
Publication of a ‘manual of cycling infrastructure’, documenting technical guidelines and unifying standards and procedures. Deadline: October 2013.
Passing a law which allocates 5% of parking areas for bicycles and motorcycles in residential and non-residential areas. Deadline: In preparation.
Collective (fos) has created this temporary installation on the facade of a vegetarian restaurant in Madrid. This trio of artists offers a very successful creation playing on perspective with yellow. To discover in the following pictures.
The open spaces of the western part of Hafencity are central components of the processes of transformation of the former harbor zone south of the historical Speicherstadt (waterhouse district) bordering on the inner city. This area has changed continuously throughout its history, in keeping with various harbor and industrial uses. The alternating ebb and high tides characterize the typical appearance of the port basin. As protection against storm surges, new mixed used construction surfaces for central inner city functions such as residence, work, commerce, culture , and leisure will be elevated by approx three meters in the course of the development.
“Our intervention is dynamic and flexible. A changing landscape on a human scale, moving partially with the floods, bringing people nearer to the water and its moods.