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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 cycling map that could change Kuala Lumpur,  satellite images of the human condition and how to improve a city’s walkability. 

  • Cycling in Kuala Lumpur
  • Kuala Lumpur is a city built for cars with a staggering 93% car ownership rate. Knowing that most people thought of cycling as “impossible” in the city, a graphic designer has spent the last 3 years mapping the city for cycling and envisioned the map as a tool for advocates. (via guardian cities)
  • Effective tools to improve walkability
  • A study by Dr. Reid Ewing, director of the University of Utah’s Metropolitan Research Center examined 20 streetscape features over hundreds of New York City blocks and measuring how they correlate to pedestrian traffic volumes. The good news is the most effective measures are affordable and easy to implement. (via wired)

 

  • Mapping the human condition
  • From 1,722-foot deep diamond mine in Siberia to Beijing’s sprawling Forbidden City, Benjamin Grant’s collection of satellite imagery will stun ans disturb you.  (via citylab)

 

Photo by Thomas Hawk from Flickr CC

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