MADISON AVENUE - TYPICAL BLOCKS
Last week, milotathewalker created large scale income and demography maps of Madison Avenue. This week comes typical houses of this epic street, after profiles of people on this street.
Note: Personally, I really appreciate this sort of field-based observation of urban landscapes and people. The idea of following a particular street as a representative urban transect is ingenious! Keep up the good work…
HIDDEN COSTS OF SUBURBAN SPRAWL: A recent report from the University of Ottawa has outlined the hidden costs of suburban sprawl. According to the study, suburbanization will cost cities and its taxpayers much more than the revenue and income it produces. Read more…
JEFF SPECK: An urbanist vision for modern walkable communities
I specialize in downtowns, and when I am hired to make a downtown plan, I like to move there with my family, preferably for at least a month. There are many reasons to move to a city while you plan it. First, it’s more efficient in terms of travel and setting up meetings, something that can become very expensive. Second, it allows you to truly get to know a place, to memorize every building, street, and block. It also gives you the chance to get familiar with the locals over coffee, dinners in people’s homes, drinks in neighborhood pubs, and during chance encounters on the street. These nonmeeting meetings are when most of the real intelligence gets collected.
These are all great reasons. But the main reason to spend time in a city is to live the life of a citizen. Shuttling between a hotel and a meeting facility is not what citizens do. They take their kids to school, drop by the dry cleaners, make their way to work, step out for lunch, hit the gym or pick up some groceries, get themselves home, and consider an evening stroll or an after-dinner beer. Friends from out of town drop in on the weekend and get taken out for a night on the main square. These are among the many normal things that nonplanners do, and I try to do them, too. [Read more…]
Source: Jeff Speck, Walkable City, excerpt reporinted in utnereader
Hey Y’all! For the first time ever, I’m doing a super ultra mega 72 hours timed edition sale, and I’m doing it early enough that people can buy them as X-Mas gifts and still get them in time!
Everything is available until Sunday at SirMitchell.com
Only 24-ish hours left! Thanks to everyone who has already picked something up!
But a mere few hours left! Thanks to everyone who has already picked something up! I won’t have a lot of new work in the coming months as I am about to start a big project that spans a number of months. This sale will help pay my bills while I accomplish that goal, so thank you!
Illustrations from The Function of Colour in Factories, Schools and Hospitals, (1930)
The Pearl District, Portland
The Pearl District is a world-renowned icon of urban renaissance, straddling gentrification and revitalization with delicate balance via the incorporation of New Urbanism in its evolution. The Pearl is a young neighborhood, its most recent incarnation established in the early 1990s. Its modern persona is heavily influenced by the tenets of New Urbanism, which prizes mixed-use, walkability, diversity, human scale and conservation. Well-designed urban neighborhoods should operate as networks that increase social capital for their residents. The influence of these ideas on the development of the Pearl is apparent in nearly every block. At the street-level, buildings display visual variety, the neighborhood boasts small parks and small schools, several buildings have LEED status (meaning they are designed to use fewer resources) and residents benefit from a variety of food, entertainment, civic involvement, transportation, employment and home options.
Barcelona para la Exposición Universal de 1888, se dota de importantes infraestructuras que son su orgullo, como el gas ciudad, la electricidad y sobre todo el tranvía.
Fifty years ago, Jerry Gretzinger began to draw a map. He’s still drawing it, having let it grow in the intervening decades to an astounding 2,600 panels covering 2,000 square feet. Current population of the map: 16,304,885 in 27 parishes and 416 cities.
Gretzinger talks about his work in an excellent short documentary. Source.
London’s niche cartographer Marcus Kirby fuses data with design in a brilliant NYC map
In the contemporary age of GPS and smartphones, mapmaking is quickly becoming a craft of the past. But Marcus Kirby, founder of East London’s Future Mapping Company, is determined to make us think otherwise with his new representation of New York City, set for release at the end of May. “I felt that the art and craft of mapmaking had become quite formulaic,” Kirby says, “I wanted to rejuvenate the craft.”
Utilizing his background in color forecasting for the fashion industry, Kirby produces cartographic works of art. The maps are equal parts reference tool and design centerpiece, with bold color palettes and boundless attention to detail. Having caught the attention of cartographers and designers alike with his cutting-edge representations of London’s streets, Kirby’s NYC map is the first of its kind to blend modern geographical data, classical cartographic printing techniques and a gallery-worthy aesthetic.
Stretching across the five boroughs, Kirby’s map features roads and landmarks, as well as subway stations, footpaths and detailed representations of over 1,700 public parks and spaces—even the outlines of buildings are represented.
But the map’s most striking feature is its color-coded representation of the city’s bicycle routes. Protected bike lanes are distinguished from shared lanes, and areas where cycling is not permitted are also represented. All of the bicycle routes include direction of travel arrows, so you can forget those traffic tickets for going against the flow. Kirby says being based in cycle-centric East London influences the way he sees cities. “Cycling is by far the best way to travel about town with freedom,” Kirby says, and his NYC map is a great wall piece for urban cyclists to plan their routes.
Kirby’s maps stand out largely because of their unique production process. “It’s unusual to use lithographic printing rather than digital nowadays as it’s much more costly and time-consuming, but the results are really worth it,” Kirby says. Lithographic printing allows for the intense level of detail while maintaining crisp clarity. The Future Mapping Company’s NYC map is printed in Italy on high quality silk-coated paper measuring 51 x 40 inches, and is available in two colorways. The vivid colors and metallic tones have come to define Future Mapping Company’s work, setting it apart from traditional contemporary printed maps known for their yawn-inducing palettes.
The NYC map from Kirby reinstates the printed map as an inspiring work of art and craft by infusing modern, useful data and nice colorways with high quality production methods and materials. “It’s a very accessible, practical design piece,” Kirby says, “everyone can look at a map and have something to say.”
The Future Mapping Company’s NYC map starts at $57, available from their website and select stockists worldwide.
Here & There
Graphic artwork from a set of prints created by London-based design consultancy BERG. The set depict 3D projections of Manhattan (Downtown & Uptown) by removing the horizon and skewing the entire urban landscape with all its buildings and streets upward.