Today, Second Ave Sagas linked to a digitized copy of Massimo Vignelli’s 1970 graphics standards manual for the New York City Subway. The photographed pages of the manual describe, in exacting detail, the graphic look and feel and philosophy of wayfinding signage for the Subway. While Vignelli’s schematic map (a scan of the map can
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Bethesda Row – note that you don't even see how tall the buildings are – CC image from faceless b
Kaid Benfield’s excellent blog had a post last week on the need for better urban design and management of the public realm in our new, dense infill development. And while I certainly agree with the
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As a nice respite to DC’s heat, I was able to spend the last week in California – including several days in San Francisco. Some thoughts and observations from the trip:
Hills and Grids: Gridded streets have plenty of benefits, to be sure – but the downside is that they do not react to topography. San
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What is the best method to quantify what makes a place walkable? The Journal of the American Planning Association recently published some powerful documentation from Robert Cervero and Reid Ewing on the value of pedestrian-oriented design (following up on yesterday’s links). Grist has the article (hat tip to Planetizen), citing Laurence Aurbach’s PedShed blog –
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Some suburban items to share today:
Design: Infrastructurist takes a look at the problem of culs-de-sac (which I believe is the proper plural of cul de sac).
Commenters take note of some serious issues with this particular study, but the general point still stands – culs de sac remove key links from the street network, requiring longer
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Photo from cacophony76.
Density is one of the most important elements of any city, but also one of the most misunderstood.
However, the density of a site is often not what it initially seems – people will key on things like height, design, maintenance, and context rather than actually looking at what density means to them.
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Metro’s signature indirect lighting scheme is getting a little brighter. Over at GGW, Matt Johnson notes upgrades to the Judiciary Sq Station mezzanine as a means of better illuminating the darker areas of one of the darker stations.
Judiciary Sq Station
I haven’t yet checked out the new mezzanine lighting in person, but Matt’s photo raises
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