Parking lots can be put to better use through temporary conversion into a productive space, like a public market. The city of San Francisco’s Pavement to Parks Program, for example, retrofits parking spaces into public spaces. Graphic by EMBARQ.
To encourage the effective design of public space, Gehl Architects has made a checklist of 12 qualities that public spaces should aspire to. These, he clusters under the categories of “Protection”, “Comfort” and “Delight”. They make sense on an experiential level. If you want to do an interesting exercise keep this checklist handy the next time you go on a walk around your neighbourhood. Source: http://courses.washington.edu/gehlstud/WEBSITE_CONTENT/Resources/R_gehlqualitycriteria.pdf
Andres Duany | The Urban Design View of the Neighborhood - YouTube: On creating walkable cities and living without a car: Quote, @ minute 13 - “You must be able to live without a car .. to meet your daily needs… it is a basic CIVIL RIGHT. …. the assumption that you CANNOT LIVE, that you will die without a car, … is a fundamental social unfairness”
Social waterscapes is the design thesis of Jaime Traspaderne, Ana Abram and Costanza Madricardo at the Architectural Association within the Landscape Urbanism Programme. It explores the idea of Prototypical Urbanities in Fanshang, Beijing within the context of the rapid urbanisation of that country.