An App For Democratizing Street Design: “Put in charge, how would you shape the thoroughfares of the future? A simple but intriguing tool called ReStreet invites any would-be transportation engineer to flesh out ideas. Developed and released by a team of planning and design specialists at the University of San Francisco and California Polytechnic State University, ReStreet offers two template streetscapes, one urban and suburban, for reimagining.”
Old LADWP water tunnel to help with Sierra water glut: A nearly century-old water tunnel that’s been idle for decades is being resurrected by the Department of Water and Power to carry water from the overflowing Los Angeles Aqueduct to store underground for future use.
Go Avenue 26 – A little paint and a lot of listening: “The design installations are stunning, and they demonstrate that transportation can be an opportunity around which unlikely things can occur. The connections between community and transit facilitated by this project hit on multiple levels from pragmatic to fun, and give Angelenos a better sense of what buzz words like placemaking, activation of space, wayfinding and first and last mile connections can actually mean.”
What would an entirely flood-proof city look like?: “The wetter the better. From sponge cities in China to ‘berms with benefits’ in New Jersey and floating container classrooms in the slums of Dhaka, we look at a range of projects that treat storm water as a resource rather than a hazard”
How Concrete Cemented Its Place in History: “Concrete is permanent and yet throwaway. It lasts forever. In a million years, when our steel has rusted and our wood has rotted, concrete will remain. But many of the concrete structures we’re building today will be useless within decades. That’s because, more than a century ago, there was a revolutionary improvement in concrete—but it’s an improvement with a fatal flaw.”