* Recommended reading for anyone who aspires to catch up quickly on what is going on in the evolution of thinking and practice concerning transport planning, policy and practice in cities in this very different 21st century. New rules! Excerpts from Bruce McVean’s The New City lecture given on 11th February 2013 at Cambridge University’s Department of Architecture. Title to this piece borrowed from Taras Grescoe in Straphanger
Everything you always wanted to know about global warming. But were afraid to ask.
The more explored this question, as I dug deeper into my research it quickly became evident that there is a lot more to it than I had initially thought.
– Dr. Creighton Connally, Postdoctoral Fellow, Asian Urbanism Cluster, Asia Research Institute, NUS, Singapore
Think of this as an Executive Summary in a single page to identify and clarify policy for a core element of a very complex urban system of many parts and linkages. In fact, the very one we are attempting to deal with here: the impacts of the many too many cars syndrome. But what is we treat this as a step in a useful direction.
From the New Mobility Fine Arts Collection: The Inner Eye – Autumn 2016
* Photo source: http://www.arch2o.com/pedestrian-bridge-in-shenzhen-china/
*This is commonly referred to as putting lipstick on a pig. Moral of the story: you can make it as pretty as you can, but at the end of the day it’s still a pig.”
Because they are so very bad at doing their purported job (i.e. protecting and providing a safe, comfortable and efficient walkable environment for people on foot (or cycle, or wheel chairs or for the elderly, encumbered, simply tired, etc., and because they so often fascinate architects and politicians, we intend from time to time in the NM Fine Arts Collection, show you other examples of how they (do not) work.
* Have something that you think World Streets readers might appreciate as they wander the Fine Arts Collection in 2017? Post it to Curator_FineArts@ecoplan.com and we will share it with some of our curators and eventually enter it into the Collection.
Serendipity: The Happy Surprise
On 14 Dec. 2015: Mr. Lim Thean Heng, Chief Engineer, for reasons of his own, decided to created a WhatsApp group, “Sustainable Penang”. The results of his successful initiative can be accessed online via https://web.whatsapp.com/, and from there clicking the menu to Sustainable Penang. The forum is open to invited participants, and thus far has almost two hundred members, roughly 20% or so from outside Penang. One of the main targets of the forum is to get feedback and views on the state government ‘s work in preparation of a Penang Transport Master Plan, on which there are many opposing views, including in the most informed public and reaches of civil society. But that is not the only thing that gets talked about there.
Did you realise that our WhatsApp forum is also a valuable research tool?
An open letter to Mr. Joshua Woo
Special Officer to Member of Parliament of Bukit Mertajam
Subject: – Commentary on your article appearing in the Penang Monthly October issue under the title “Better, Cheaper, Faster – Really?” – http://penangmonthly.com/better-cheaper-faster-really/
– By Joshua Woo . In Penang Monthly, October 2016. http://penangmonthly.com/better-cheaper-faster-really/
This article by Mr. Joshua Woo, Special Officer to Member of Parliament of Bukit Mertajam, Penang, Malaysia provides a critical analysis of two radically different, hotly contested approaches to sustainable transport planning and policy for the state of Penang, Malaysia. Readers not familiar with these challenges and critical differences in Penang are invited to consult the background postings here: (a) Penang Transport Master Plan; (b) Penang – A Sustainable Transport Primer for a Battle of Ideas ;and (c) The NGO Challenge, and (d) State Government response to NGOs. You may also find good value in a three minute video which provides a very good, and very funny synopsis of the process currently underway: (e) The Three Minute Summary . * Still hungry for more from all sides: work your way down the right hand menu to this site.
Paris mayor’s attempt to curb traffic along Seine leaves some commuters fuming
Mayor Anne Hidalgo called move ‘historic’; opposition decried it as ‘autocratic’
By Michelle Gagnon, CBC News, Oct 01, 2016 – http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/paris-cars-gagnon-1.3786615
CBC reporter and producer Michelle Gagnon came to Paris to enquire about the Paris plan to retire parts of a city highway and turn it into a carless, truckless, busless urban walk, linger, bike and play way. Her article opens like this: