RV: (Public.Spaces) Masterful, masterful article on streetscapes and urban design
- Very nice article partially related to carfree design, as cited below.
Carlos F. Pardo.
De: Richard Layman [mailto:rlaymandc@...]
Enviado el: Martes, 15 de Agosto de 2006 07:32 p.m.
Asunto: (Public.Spaces) Masterful, masterful article on streetscapes and
<http://www.flickr.com/photos/rllayman/216375181/> Pedestrian behavior in
front of ground floors on Main StreetsPedestrian behavior in front of ground
floors on Main Streets. This diagram demonstrates the link between active
storefronts and involved pedestrians.
Urban Design <http://www.palgrave-journals.com/udi/index.html>
International is a very expensive journal ($180 for a personal subscription)
that I don't subscribe to and unfortunately isn't at the CUA Architectural
Library either. However, they have a sample issue on line, and it includes
an article co-authored by Jan Gehl, the Danish architect who is one
placemakers/jgehl> of the great figures in placemaking. (Among other tomes,
he has authored the classic, Life Between Buildings.)
This article, "Close
encounters with buildings,"* is absolute must reading. If I ever teach, this
paper will be on the syllabus.
What we have are closed, self-absorbed buildings. What we would like to have
is open, versatile, interesting and safe cities. The challenge is how to
incorporate large buildings in cities where people have the same small
stature and slow pace they had hundreds of years ago. There is now a
considerable confusion in the gap between large and small scales and between
'quick' and 'slow' architecture. Ground floor facades provide an important
link between these scales and between buildings and people. For public space
and buildings to be treated as a whole, the ground floor facades must have a
special and welcoming design. This good, close encounter architecture is
vital for good cities.
Download the article and save it. Read and memorize it. There are excellent
images and diagrams illustrating the points.
And for those of you in DC, press this article onto people that you know who
are involved in local land use and planning issues, neighborhood
associations, elected officials, people running for a seat on local Advisory
The principles laid out in this article support my contention that "Urban
Design" should be the first element in DC's Comprehensive Plan
* Jan Gehl, Lotte Johansen Kaefer and Solvejg Reigstad. Urban Design
<http://www.palgrave-journals.com/udi/index.html> International 11: 29-47,
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