Architecture, Urban planning and bicycles

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Architecture, Urban planning and bicycles

Postby Thoglette » Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:24 pm

Two new articles, one old one.
Freeing up the huge areas set aside for parking can transform our cities
The Conversation wrote:Parking may seem like a “pedestrian” topic (pun intended). However, parking is of increasing importance in metropolitan areas worldwide. On average, motor vehicles are parked 95% of the time. Yet most transport analysis focuses on vehicles when they are moving.

Substantial amounts of land and buildings are set aside to accommodate “immobile” vehicles. In Australia, Brisbane provides 25,633 parking spaces in the CBD, Sydney 28,939 and Melbourne 41,687. In high-demand areas, car parks can cost far more than the vehicle itself.

However, parking is not just an Australian problem. By some estimates, 30,000 square kilometres of land is devoted to parking in Europe and 27,000 km² in the US. This parking takes up a large part of city space, much of it highly valued, centrally located land.

Which leads to this house
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This Three-Story Tiny House Fits In The Footprint Of A Parking Space (Fastcompany)
Adele Peters Fast Company wrote:In Helsinki, like many cities, there isn’t enough housing to keep up with demand. Some people blame a lack of land to build new housing, but one design firm argues that there is enough land–if you know where to look. The firm’s new building is designed to fit in a single parking spot.

“The city is not designed because of humans–it’s designed because of cars,” says architect Marco Casagrande,


Finally, from last year, some car-free apartments
These Swedish “Bike Apartments” Are Designed For Life Without Cars
If you don’t spend money on a garage, there’s lots of extra cash to add bike-friendly amenities to a new building.
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Re: Architecture, Urban planning and bicycles

Postby familyguy » Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:00 pm

One part of my job is dealing with parking...mostly provision thereof to satisfy local council masters.

We are going through an exercise on a satellite CBD site which is 40m from a train station and 75m from a major bus route. Do you think the council is a pushover as far as the under-supply of parking as per their DCP numbers state? If anything they are willing to play hardball on a (possible) $20M development over a 10% shortfall in the parking numbers. And as for requirements for bicycle/EOT facilities, forget it. No minimum, and certainly no incentive for doing so for anybody.

Unfortunately, the low density that Australians have come to enjoy has resulted in the massive sprawls we now have to deal with...by getting in the car to drive an hour to work. Something the NBN could have solved if it worked, at least a little.

Jim

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Re: Architecture, Urban planning and bicycles

Postby Thoglette » Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:09 pm

familyguy wrote: And as for requirements for bicycle/EOT facilities, forget it. No minimum, and certainly no incentive for doing so for anybody.

Should affect your "star" rating, which drives your rental rate, at least in the CBD
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Re: Architecture, Urban planning and bicycles

Postby bagelonabike » Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:22 pm

A slight divergence but you might be interested in this https://youtu.be/Kxryv2XrnqM The clip proposes that the transport sector is on the verge of massive technology disruption, the concept of car ownership to disapear, with a huge impact on all the associated services, like parking. I found it fascinating

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