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Sustainable Urban Design

This article looks at the relationship urban dwellers have with their urban environments and how a greener built environment in an urbanised area can play a role in alleviating the issue of urban poverty. Green Infrastructure can go a long way in addressing concerns such as food security, improving wellness of the mind and body both physically and mentally, providing a sense of community, help the environment and lastly, a job creator.

Do you agree with the findings in the article? Does Green Infrastructure alleviate urban poverty? Based on the findings presented in the article, I would tend to think so.

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For those living in Brisbane, we have one of these already, which links Dutton Park to the UQ St Lucia campus. We definitely need more of these “green” river crossings in Brisbane, as it is a river city and has a great impact on cyclists and pedestrians wanting to get from one side of town. A lack of river crossings forces many people to use a car to drive around the long way, who would otherwise walk or cycle across a green bridge.

This is another example of a green bridge in Portland which is fantastic to see.

http://www.citylab.com/design/2015/03/a-private-tour-of-portlands-forthcoming-car-free-bridge/388212/

I came across this earlier today and thought it would be worthwhile sharing it on my blog, for my readers and also as a reference for my project work.

You can download the full report at this page which also includes some background information and a brief summary of the report itself: http://www.calgary.ca/Transportation/TP/Pages/Planning/Calgary-Transportation-Plan/Complete-Streets.aspx

Happy reading and have a great weekend.

The World Bank published and made available this book “Transforming Cities with Transit” which explores the complex process of transit and land-use integration in rapidly growing cities in developing countries. As one of the most promising strategies for advancing environmental sustainability, economic competitiveness, and socially inclusive development in fast-growing cities, transit and land-use integration is increasingly being embraced by policy-makers at all levels of government. Happy reading!

This is a great article on the Guardian website which looks at the motorbike habit of Kathmandu residents and whether or not cycling has a place in the rapidly growing city.

One of the main problems to overcome is the issue of status. Cycling is seen as an inferior mode of transport, even lower than public transport which already suffers from a negative stigma. Recently there have been groups forming to encourage people to ditch motorbikes and shift to bicycles however these groups are in the minority and are facing the tough task of convincing the government and it’s people that change is needed quickly if Kathmandu is serious about tackling the growing issue of air pollution.

You can read more in the article published by the Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/cities/bike-blog/2014/apr/23/kathmandu-motorbike-habit-cycle-friendly-city-nepal-status