Archinect - News 2015-12-02T00:28:25-05:00 A new London Tube map shows walking times between stations Nicholas Korody 2015-11-11T05:41:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T23:31:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="393" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Transport bosses have unveiled the first official map showing the walking times between central London's Tube stations.&nbsp; The comprehensive plan highlights the time it takes to travel on foot between almost all of the stations on London&rsquo;s Underground network. [Transport for London] Chief Executive Gordon Innes said: &ldquo;The Tube is the most used transport method by visitors in London, stations for many of our top attractions are within walking distance of each other.</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can download the new map <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Antonia Malchik on the end of walking in America Alexander Walter 2015-08-31T18:39:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T18:48:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For decades, Americans have been losing their ability, even their right, to walk. [...] there are vast blankets and folds of the country where the ability to walk &ndash; to open a door and step outside and go somewhere or nowhere without getting behind the wheel of a car &ndash; is a struggle, a fight. A risk. [...] we encourage car travel and discourage moving on foot. More than discourage it, we criminalise it where deemed necessary.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NY Mayor de Blasio's Times Square overhaul runs into massive opposition</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's "Placelet" sensors technologize old-fashioned observation methods for placemaking</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Can't One Walk To The Super Bowl?</a></li></ul> Los Angeles on cusp of becoming 'major' walkable city, study says Archinect 2014-06-19T13:03:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T22:05:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The future &mdash; of a walkable, transit-friendly Los Angeles &mdash; is being built right now,&rdquo; the report says. &ldquo;It will allow people to drive everywhere they want, assuming they can put up with the traffic, and provide the option of walkable urbanism for those who want it.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Why Can't One Walk To The Super Bowl? Donna Sink 2014-01-02T10:44:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T20:43:33-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ready, Set, Hike! A Trial Trek to MetLife Stadium The officials planning Super Bowl XLVIII want it to be the Super Bowl of public transportation. They are not just discouraging fans from walking to MetLife Stadium on game day in February &mdash; they are forbidding it.</p></em><br /><br /><p> A reporter attempts to walk to MetLife Stadium.&nbsp; Most likely the reason one won't be allowed to walk into the Super Bowl is "terror"-related, but the article raises again the question of why our pedestrian environment is so degraded. Why have we allowed our cities to be built in such a way that the owners of publicly-financed sports teams and their multi-billion-worth corporate sponsors can <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">helicopter in</a> to the game, but a regular person can't find infrastructure to make it safe and possible to walk in even if they *were* allowed to?</p> <p> An assignment: look at your local stadium, most likely financed by public (your) money, on Google Maps and assess whether it's walkable.&nbsp; How does it rate on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walk Score</a> scale? (Indianapolis' rates a 72.) And a design problem: what could be done to make it better for a pedestrian, a family, perhaps a team of<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> football-playing dogs</a>?</p> In Los Angeles, walking illegally is more than twice as expensive as parking illegally Archinect 2013-12-27T14:00:00-05:00 >2014-01-01T13:05:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city of Los Angeles is cracking down on pedestrians who sneak across streets when the traffic signal says &ldquo;don&rsquo;t walk.&rdquo; But when you put a price on bad behavior, like being in a public street illegally, you see clearly what a city values. The cheapest parking ticket in Los Angeles (pdf) is $58, and the one most commonly issued for parking in a prohibited zone is $73. Jaywalking&mdash;the term of art for a pedestrian crossing against the light&mdash;will cost you $197.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> What Do Pedestrian Traffic Icons Say About Your Culture? Archinect 2013-10-15T14:03:00-04:00 >2013-10-21T20:23:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From the sparsely dotted Chinese walking man to the top-hat-wearing, cane-bearing Dane, almost a hundred &ldquo;walking men&rdquo; are displayed life-size on banners that line the sidewalk. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s important to me that they are on human scale because they really represent us,&rdquo; said Ms. Barkai. Only rarely are the icons depicted as women, she noted. Of the hundreds of images in her collection, Ms. Barkai has only &ldquo;about six or seven women, mostly from European countries.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Why People in Cities Walk Fast Paul Petrunia 2012-03-21T19:05:00-04:00 >2012-03-22T03:46:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the exception of Nairobi &mdash; insert joke here about Kenyans crushing everyone at the New York City Marathon &mdash; the fastest walking cities were from wealthy nations. The statistical analysis confirmed this general perception: two of the three strongest social predictors of walking speed were a country's G.D.P. and its purchasing power parity (the other was its individualism).</p></em><br /><br /><p> This reminds of of a fascinating <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Radiolab</a> episode from a couple years ago about cities. I HIGHLY recommend listening to this - <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">download it here</a>.</p>