Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you a look at the extraordinary works of Zaha Hadid, teenager-run participatory budgeting in Boston and a split-design commuter tunnel in Amsterdam. Continue reading
One of the things that I love about visiting Boston (and nearby Cambridge) is that the street layout is unlike what you will find in many other major modern North American cities. Continue reading
By Jake Tobin Garrett
Nothing gets you quite as acquainted with a city’s street system than by being a tourist. This summer I had the opportunity to hit up a few different North American cities–Vancouver, Montreal, New York, Boston, and Minneapolis–each with their own street pattern eccentricities. Some of the cities, like Vancouver, I was extremely familiar with (having lived there up until 2010), while others I had only a passing familiarity or none at all. Wandering around these different cities got me thinking about how the very backbone of a city—its street pattern—shapes the wider experience of the city itself, one that is more personal.
Now, in the age of the iPhone, when even six year olds seem to be able to orient themselves using GPS technology, perhaps the navigability of a city’s street system doesn’t seem that important. Who cares about our mental maps when we have a pixelated one right in the palm of our hand?