LABPROJECT
#127  THE URBAN GREEN LAB
Name:
The urban green lab
Project code:
 
Category:
Created:
Friday, 01 January 2010
Client:
Flemish govt
City:
 
Deadline:
Exist: 
Date briefing:
1/1/2010
Metatype:
Creator:
jan
Need labmembers:
Ideas on urban green, forests, parks & more. Part of a continuous labresearch for the Agency of Nature & Forests, Flemish Government.
Project type:
Open
Anyone can join and view this project.
Private
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WORK BY LABMEMBERS (62)

10degree,
Frederic  Boonen,
Sint-Truiden , Belgium
 0
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Camelbag,
Frederic  Boonen,
Sint-Truiden , Belgium
 0
 0
WALKBIKE,
 Liekens,
, Belgium
 1
 1
Greening the market place at Nieuwpoort,
alain  cappelle,
Nieuwpoort , Belgium
 0
 0
THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER,
LINK  LEISURE,
brussels , Belgium
 0
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treewear: FunkyFunghi _ designed by Nature,
Jan  Van Mol,
Geneva , Switzerland
 5
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WARSUBEC,
Nick  Ervinck,
Kortemark , Belgium
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400gr,
up  studio,
paris , France
 0
 0
Balloon Light,
bart  baccarne,
Gent , Belgium
 0
 0
UNDERWATER CONCERTS,
jelle  van Seghbroeck,
Grimbergen , Belgium
 0
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Outdoor furniture (eco),
bart  baccarne,
Gent , Belgium
 0
 0
City on the Water-Greater Helsinki Densification Concept,
Boguslaw  Witkowski,
Braine l'Alleud , Belgium
 0
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rufus,
Thomas  Valcke,
Oudenaarde , Belgium
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tree bench,
 ,
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NIGHTSHOTS,
jelle  van Seghbroeck,
Grimbergen , Belgium
 0
 0
Sprinkle, the dress you water,
Linda  Schailon,
Milan , Italy
 0
 0
Flow, the eco-ring for a clean and colorful world,
Linda  Schailon,
Milan , Italy
 0
 0
Comfyman,
Skinny  Gaviar,
Novocheboksarsk , Russian Federation
 0
 0
Family Camping Cooker,
Allen  Ollie,
Sheffield , United Kingdom
 0
 0
Animal TABLE,
Deevie  Vermetten,
Schilde , Belgium
 0
 0
Designer classic DIY - Arbor chair,
peter  jakubik,
Presov , Slovak Republic
 0
 1
What keeps the city together,
ALexander  Geijzendorffer,
Rotterdam , Netherlands
 0
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homepage,
tom  loockx,
antwerpen , Belgium
 0
 0
Animal Desk,
Deevie  Vermetten,
Schilde , Belgium
 0
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Green Wall,
D.  Holemans,
BRUSSELS , Belgium
 0
 0
Eco vectors,
Janet  Botes,
Cape Town , South Africa
 0
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My Roofville,
Marina  Natanova,
Antwerpen , Belgium
 0
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girl and raven,
Greet  Verbruggen,
mechelen , Belgium
 0
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Sandman site 2008,
Sander  Spolspoel,
Antwerpen , Belgium
 0
 0
Play it forward,
Stefaan  Vandist,
Edegem , Belgium
 0
 0
monster6,
Greet  Verbruggen,
mechelen , Belgium
 0
 0
Vitrine,
Ellen  van Engelen,
Borgerhout , Belgium
 0
 0
Thermic perception - part 2 - Hotspots,
Xavier  Segers,
Antwerpen , Belgium
 2
 0
treewear design,
Jan  Van Mol,
Geneva , Switzerland
 0
 0
Braintable,
Frederic  Boonen,
Sint-Truiden , Belgium
 0
 0
Architrave,
Frederic  Boonen,
Sint-Truiden , Belgium
 0
 0
Stand Up Paddling,
Johnny  De Jaegher,
Gent , Belgium
 0
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bump,
 ,
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Earth Probiotic Recycling Solutions,
Gavin  Heron,
Morningside , South Africa
 0
 0
Lighting Stone,
Frederic  Boonen,
Sint-Truiden , Belgium
 0
 0
Netta Makkonen,
 ITS#10,
Trieste , Italy
 0
 0
radio_001,
Solomon  Nkhambula,
, South Africa
 0
 0
long-lasting fresh cut flowers and foliage,
 Iluba,
Muldersdrift , South Africa
 0
 0
Persephone,
Emile  Kotze,
, South Africa
 0
 0
Cerulean,
Emile  Kotze,
, South Africa
 1
 0
Apple-Daisy,
Emile  Kotze,
, South Africa
 0
 0
Upcycle,
Emile  Kotze,
, South Africa
 1
 0
Treewear _ outdoor living room,
Jan  Van Mol,
Geneva , Switzerland
 0
 0
Molly Coddler,
Jeroen  Everaert,
, Netherlands
 0
 0
Book people,
Guy  Laramée,
Montreal , Canada
 2
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Petra,
Guy  Laramée,
Montreal , Canada
 2
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Grand Larousses,
Guy  Laramée,
Montreal , Canada
 0
 0
Historia illustrada do japaos,
Guy  Laramée,
Montreal , Canada
 0
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1_1_size_car,
Kasi  Custom Rides,
Thokoza , South Africa
 0
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Green Yellow & Pink,
Cindy  Heijnen,
Amsterdam , Netherlands
 0
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Citywear Milan_Geneva_...,
Jan  Van Mol,
Geneva , Switzerland
 2
 1
Vorschau Rückgrat,
Bert  Loeschner,
, Germany
 0
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mesoglea glass,
 Schulz,
, Germany
 1
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Prosolve370e : air pollution cleaning tiles,
Allison  Dring,
Berlin , Germany
 0
 0

INSPIRATION

After record amounts of snow this year in Philadelphia, you could be excused for not wanting to see any more of it. But today's snow actually brought us some pretty cool ideas for public spaces and traffic safety improvements along E. Passyunk Avenue in South Philly.

If you haven't heard of a "sneckdown" yet, it's a clever combination of "snow" and "neckdown" - another name for a curb expansion - that uses snow formations on the street to reveal the space cars don't use. Advocates can then use these sneckdown photos to make the case to local transportation officials that traffic calming interventions like curb bumpouts and traffic islands can be installed without any loss to car drivers.

One of the areas of Philadelphia with the best opportunities for pedestrian plazas is E. Passyunk Avenue, which crosses the street grid at a diagonal, creating lots of triangular intersections. I thought the snow would provide some good examples to help you visualize what I'm talking about, so I headed over there this afternoon to take some sneckdown photos. And to my delight, the snow revealed some awesome traffic calming ideas I hadn't considered.

At the intersection of 6th and Passyunk and Christian, near the excellent Shot Tower Coffee, there is a triangular plot of land that I always thought would make a great public plaza, but there's a For Sale sign there now, indicating it will probably become housing.

The city's choice to allocate the public right of way around this triangle to curb parking for cars means the parcel is smaller than it could be, but even so, the snow formation shows it could be larger even without taking away parking. Still try to imagine how much more sidewalk there could be if not for the curb parking around the island though:

Even when this parcel gets some housing, there is still plenty of space on the road just to the north for a smaller parklet with a bench and a couple planters:

If maximizing curb parking spaces is the political goal, then there might be some objections to how wide this plaza is. That parking space on the north side of the island would probably go away, for example. But if the goal is to make this the nicest possible public space, then maybe we get rid of the 7 parking spaces around this thing and extend the sidewalk.

As you'll see, another issue that pops up repeatedly with these plazas is the trade-off between allowing U-turns from E. Passyunk vs. connecting pedestrian plazas to the corner sidewalk. You can an example of this issue in the photo below:

If parking isn't the paramount concern, then the new parklet can just connect to the sidewalk of the triangle parcel, but this eliminates the turnaround lane here that lets drivers make a U-turn onto 6th Street. It also means people trying to make a right on Queen St. have to drive another half block, loop around Catharine and back down 6th - about a 30-second detour that will nonetheless draw 2 or 3 NIMBYs to your public meeting.

Here's a plaza for Rita's, where again we see the trade-off between easy U-turns for cars and nice plazas with cafe tables and planters for families to sit and eat Italian ice in the summer:

source : http://thisoldcity.com
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IDEAS

Started by Green Cities Ambassador.
Woutkok, Thursday, 10 January 2013 09:47
Woutkok
http://addictlab.com/home/works/work/10171
 
Woutkok, Thursday, 10 January 2013 09:42
Woutkok
The green movement in Flanders could use WALKBIKES to make their officials more green efficient in their mobility!
 
Woutkok, Thursday, 10 January 2013 09:41
Woutkok
http://www.chertoproducts.be/products/powertec
 
atohms, Saturday, 11 June 2011 19:48
atohms
Or have the bicycles draw their own lanes ;)

http://athousandgreatideas.wordpress.com/2010/01/26/contrail-bicycle-chalk-drawing/

 
RUBBERDUCK, Monday, 06 June 2011 21:12
RUBBERDUCK
An article about reverse graffiti..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reverse_graffiti
 
jan, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 12:58
jan
You can now browse the Ad!dict #30 inspiration book : Ideas for Greener Cities via Issuu.
 

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

Ideas on urban green, forests, parks & more. Part of a continuous labresearch for the Agency of Nature & Forests, Flemish Government.

PROJECT MANAGER

Name: Jan Van Mol
City / Town: Geneva
Country: Switzerland
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