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 Pokémon Go and the new urban experience, Barcelona’s super-blocks and the pedestrianization of a famous London Street.
Pokémon Go and the new urban experience
The Pokemon Go app is creating new urban experiences for the estimated 7.5 million who have downloaded the app in just over a week. The app requires players to venture outdoors in the search for virtual Pokemon, creating a new class of urban explorers. (via CityLab)
Human scale design in Barcelona
Barcelona is re-designing its streets; city planners released a new plan that takes city spaces back from cars, for the people. Re-orienting the city to the human scale, Barcelona’s leaders have decided to create more space for walking and cycling, while leaving less space for traffic jams. (via City Fix)
Oxford Street to go car-free
In a bid to tackle air pollution, the new Mayor of London announces a plan to ban vehicles from a major shopping street. The often traffic-addled Oxford Street will be car-free by 2020. (via Guardian)
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