“Instead of completely altering the existing aesthetic of the neighborhood through the development of overly-ambitious or tin-eared design initiatives, these architects and designers have demonstrated a devoted effort to transform urban environments without disrupting them. Lange has a name for this unique approach to design; she calls it “strategic architecture.” Typically supported by advocacy organizations and citizen action groups alike, this type of design stems from “an understanding of past civic hopes and redesigning them […]
Originally pioneered by Dutch traffic engineer Hans Monderman, Shared Spaces remove traffic lights, signs, crosswalks, lane markers and even curbs so that pedestrians, motorists and cyclists are allowed to negotiate their way through streets by gesturing and reacting to one another. Original post on the Project for Public Spaces website.
Children in Hackney are set to reclaim the streets, thanks to a groundbreaking scheme that closes selected streets to through traffic, turning them into play streets. http://www.hackney.gov.uk/play-streets.htm#.U7B-SvldWcF