This research investigates the rationale behind the parking mandate in the minimum street width requirement for residential streets adopted by most local U.S. governments. For example, a minimum width requirement of 36 feet for a residential street automatically provides two 10-foot traffic lanes and two 8-foot parking lanes, making it a de facto parking policy. Such a street standard provides a large amount (between 740 million and 1.5 billion) of parking spaces on residential streets, in addition to abundant off-street parking spaces (garage and driveway), and it costs trillions of dollars in road investments. This research explores the two common beliefs underlying the parking mandate: that it is an amenity reflecting market demand, and that it is a technical necessity based on traffic safety concerns.
This research surveyed the decision makers of street standards in the United States: directors of departments of public works or transportation in local…
In 2010, David Gottfried founded his latest membership organization, the Regenerative Network; a business consortium that brings together leading green building product manufacturers and service providers and connects them to real estate portfolio owners, architects, engineers, and contractors...Read On
At a recent debate about the proposed Saltworks development in Redwood City, the perils of global climate change emerged as one of the primary reasons to build - and to not build - on the 1400-acre site. David Lewis, executive director of Save the Bay, and Peter Calthorpe, the chief designer of the proposed Saltworks development, duked-it out for about an hour ... Read On
Few architects take the challenge of density done right as seriously-and creatively-as David Baker, principal of David Baker + Partners Architects. Among the many tools in his impressive design arsenal is one you might not expect: an ability to humanize the data...
In the lead-up to the 12-day UN climate change conference in Copenhagen beginning Monday, we caught up with Toronto Mayor David Miller - who will be speaking at the conference's three-day Climate Summit for Mayors.... Read On
Yesterday, Erik Weber, David Garber, and Eric Fidler reacted to the NPR story about two people who chose not to live in Anacostia. In our discussion, other contributors had some broader thoughts about displacement, gentrification, and the difference between the two. ..
Did you ever stroll the ancient alleyways of Rome, Madrid, or Paris and wonder what Los Angeles would look like with narrower streets? No? Well luckily for you, David Yoon has. And he's created dozens of examples on his site, Narrow Streets... Read On
David Gissen is usually known as an architectural theorist whose publications explore peripheral, denigrated, or otherwise overlooked aspects of urban nature - puddles, smog, and weeds - in order to re-imagine the relationship between buildings, cities, and the environment. ... Read On