Most streets in this country are failing pedestrians, and need to become destinations again, and not simply ways of getting traffic from A to B.
Radical new thinking in urban street design may point the way forward. Civilised streets, a new report from CABE, sets out the opportunities and challenges of new design approaches. It argues that the car still dominates and our streets will only become more civilised places if the needs of pedestrians are prioritised over cars.
CABE argues that streets which are designed to give all users more freedom of movement are ultimately slower, safer and more social places. These civilised streets are places where people of all ages can walk, cycle, play, talk and shop more easily. Civilised streets explores the contentious concept of shared space, which advocates removing signs and guard rails, obliging drivers and pedestrians to become more alert to each other, which in turn leads to more responsible driving.
Shared space is one way of rescuing our streets from the car. Director of CABE Space, Sarah Gaventa, highlights New Road in Brighton as one example of how redesigning a street can reinvent it. If the country is to get more streets of such quality, local authorities, highway engineers and planners must both understand and consider shared spaces as a means of delivering more civilised streets.
Go to CABE.org.uk now to download the series of publications
Source: CABE – Designing streets for people – not traffic | News | .
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is investing $4 million in a new company that will help promote public-private partnerships in water supply and sanitation in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The new company, Asia Infrastructure Project Development Company (AIPC), will help local governments develop projects in water supply, sanitation and wastewater treatment by providing feasibility assessments, planning, design and other services.
“AIPC will be an innovative one-stop shop that provides the necessary resources and expertise to identify and develop projects from the time they are being drawn up until they are completed and are being considered for public-private partnership undertakings,” said Seethapathy Chander, Deputy Director General of ADB’s Private Sector Operations Department.
Source: Asian Development Bank – ADB invests US$4m for water projects in China
The Atkins designed Bahrain World Trade Center (BWTC) made history last week as the turbines on this pioneering project turned together for the first time.
The three 29m-diameter turbine blades on Bahrain’s iconic landmark are the first in the world to be integrated on such a scale into a commercial development and are forecast to provide the equivalent of 11-15% of the power for the two towers when fully operational.
The successful rotation of the blades involved collaboration between Atkins architects and engineers and turbine specialists Norwin, who were in Bahrain for the milestone event.
“Having all three turbines spinning simultaneously represents an historic achievement for this landmark project and Atkins is excited to have been a major player in turning the original idea into reality” says Simha LytheRao Senior Project Manager for Atkins in Bahrain.
Source: Atkins Press Release
You can watch a video of the turbines here
In partnership with Natural England, these conferences are designed to develop further thinking on the crucial role that landscape architects can play in mitigating and adapting to climate change.
In addition to plenary sessions covering the Climate Change Bill, the Landscape Institute’s Climate Change Policy (due for completion this spring) and local case studies outlining the success of landscape-scale approaches to adaptation, there will be a series of workshops for delegates to choose from that relate climate change to the four other policy themes that the Institute will be focusing on in 2008/09:
* Green infrastructure
* Community engagement
* Healthy living in the landscape.
Source: Landscape Institute – UK