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Achieving Urban Happiness

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What makes a happy city? Cities are generally designed around the idea of good governance, efficient transportation and service provision to name a few but what about the human element? The city after all is of little importance if it is not designed to meet the needs of the people,  to foster social networks and allow communities to grow.  Continue reading

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OpenCity Weekly Review

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 articles focused on how  to create and maintain one of the world’s most liveable cities, Los Angeles’ healthy parklets and how citizens created an entire city within an abandoned building.
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OpenCity Weekly Review

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 strip malls, distillations of StreetView, and pedestrian maps.

  • The Sad Evolution of the Strip Mall
  • At the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, you can see a recreation of an early strip mall, still roughly human-scale and oriented toward the street with open storefronts and small businesses. The history of cars in Los Angeles is full of many such forgotten losses, reports Sarah Goodyear. (via The Atlantic Cities)
  • Researchers Create Picture Dictionary for Cities
  • Using 40,000 Google StreetView images, researchers have determined which visual elements most define a dozen cities around the world. Paris, it turns out, is not defined by the Eiffel Tower but instead the character of its street signs, lamp posts, and balcony railings. It’s science! (via GOOD)
  • Humanizing Traffic Counts at Toronto Intersections
  • Using traffic counts made freely available by the City, Jake Schabas has plotted a map putting pedestrian and vehicle volumes across Toronto in perspective. As inspiration he cites one of the main principles of Gehl Architects: what gets measured gets done. (via Spacing Toronto)

Photo of Shanghai pedestrians by 2 dogs from Flickr (cc)

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OpenCity Weekly Review

Riot Police assault on the Opera House

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 fire and violence, but also knitting and a comfy micro-climate. Continue reading

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