DailyDirt: We Built This City On [Insert Concept Here]
from the urls-we-dig-up dept
The projects of rebuilding/revitalizing cities are becoming more important, and some new concepts of how to proceed are changing how various kinds of infrastructure are designed. We've already noted the end of cul-de-sacs and left turns, so here are a few more interesting developments in infrastructure planning.
- Several cities are apparently tearing down freeways and replacing them with tree-lined boulevards. Highway construction used to be a sign of progress. Are information highways taking their place? [url]
- Looking at just a month's worth of data, San Francisco saved about $1M by tracking its street cleaning trucks and re-optimizing their routes. FYI, the Code for America Institute is looking for more data like this that could help cities become more efficient. [url]
- NYC's first sustainable home will include solar, wind, water collection and treatment technologies in a 6-story unit (with a 2-story livable space). So this building will be off the grid, despite being in the middle of one. [url]
- Hate running over potholes all the time? There's an app for that. The Street Bump app automatically reports where potholes are by correlating accelerometer "bumps" and GPS coordinates. (It doesn't actually fix them.) [url]
- If you're looking for more architecture projects, check out what's currently floating around the StumbleUpon universe. [url]