March 28, 2013 1 Comment
In this post, Klaus Philipsen describes how exactly the car is a bane to designers. You have to figure out approaches and parking before you can really do anything else. And because the metrics of traffic flow are easily quantified, they are often more strongly argued than the qualitative points of design. Philipsen discusses how the development in this country since WWII has largely been car-centric, although recent trends are pointing toward a more balanced transportation network. He has a number of images and examples from his local Baltimore to illustrate his point. But my favorite line is this: “design is definitely more encompassing and fun than just making sure the traffic flows. The promise of design: A better and more livable city.” Let’s work on designing a fun city more than one that is easy to drive through.