From Oscar Boyson on Medium:
Organic Filmmaking and City Re-Imagining
“What does “the future of cities” mean? To much of the developing world, it might be as simple as aspiring to having your own toilet, rather than sharing one with over 100 people. To a family in Detroit, it could mean having non-toxic drinking water. For planners and mayors, it’s about a lot of things — sustainability, economy, inclusivity, and resilience. Most of us can hope we can spend a little less time on our commutes to work and a little more time with our families. For a rich white dude up in a 50th floor penthouse, “the future of cities” might mean zipping around in a flying car while a robot jerks you off and a drone delivers your pizza. For many companies, the future of cities is simply about business and money, presented to us as buzzwords like “smart city” and “the city of tomorrow.”
The Vancouver of today is actually an amalgamation of three cities. Their distinctive cultures survive today. This video has some highlights of this history. In deciding on future development and density, perhaps we should respect this past.
Strong Towns is a non-profit education and advocacy organization committed to creating durable, fiscally sustainable and desirable communities.
This video has been making the rounds this week. Is Vancouver a No Fun City?
This video is a collaboration between city planner, urban designer, and author Jeff Speck, and 3D artist Spencer Boomhower, this series of videos describes some of the most common and most effective “road diets.”
This is a combination of four videos. You can see the individual videos here:
What is a “Road Diet”?
A road diet, also called a lane reduction or road rechannelization, is a technique in transportation planning whereby the number of travel lanes and/or effective width of the road is reduced in order to achieve systemic improvements.
Despite the needlessly provocative title, this is a great CBC The National segment on how Vancouver’s investments in bike lanes and related cycling infrastructures have made car-optional lifestyles possible in our city. The video features the Bruntlett family (of Modacity fame) and UBC prof Kay Teschke.
Bike Lane Battle
There’s a battle going on on many urban streets around the world. Two wheels versus four. Click here for the full story.