Link and Place « isthmusblog


Streets on a link/place matrix. From blogisthmus.wordpress.com.

This post from Isthmus discusses streets in a way I haven’t heard of before that I think is very innovative and useful. The writer discusses how, during the Modernist era, engineers and planners thought that the way to make roads the most “efficient” was to maximize flow. This is only one dimension of what streets are. Another dimension is that they are the major public spaces in most cities, and a simple measure of flow neglects this quality. What Isthmus discusses is instead a matrix measurement, with the idea of flow represented on the Link scale, and the place quality of a street on the Place scale, as applied to streets in Auckland above. In the post, they show how a street can maintain its same link value while improving its place value, or making improvements on both scores. It is very interesting and I think it would be a good thing to apply elsewhere.

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