Why studying street furniture is important

Street furniture is where public policy meets our bodies. Topics like zoning and land use are fascinating, and I can speak or read books about these topics all day. But, it’s really really hard to understand zoning – and really difficult to hold zoning in our minds eye without scrambling a bit. We can kind…

Primary source in process: The Plan for Welfare Island

Primary sources are incredibly important to decipher the decision making process. Especially when it comes to procurement, and other government decision making. I found out there is a Municipal Library at City Hall (well, adjacent), part of the New York City Department of Records and Information Services. Searching their records, I found this handy primary…

Jane’s Walk NYC 2021 Starts

Happy Monday, friends of tiny urban devices, and those who were waiting for Jane’s Walk NYC 2021! A happy reminder that starting today thousands of New Yorkers and visitors alike will take to the streets and tune in online for Jane’s Walk, which lasts between May 3-9. We are hosting our own Jane’s Walk 2021…

Roosevelt Island Red Bins

Description Red trash bin on Roosevelt Island, complete with tram logo. Identification Boxy in form, with vertical perforations running up and down the main body; spherical removable top with two opposing openings; trashcan inside. Aerial Tram logo near bottom. Red in color. Powder-coated recycled cast iron. Manufacturer Columbia Cascade Company Model 2667-DT Litter Container with…

Roosevelt Island Master Plan

I spent the weekend playing around Roosevelt Island, the tiny island in the East River between Manhattan and Queens. It’s an amazing place, which feels like another world. Accessible by the F train, Tram, ferry, and car you can get to it, but it isn’t easy. At the southern end is the Franklin D. Roosevelt…

Increments of Neighborhood by Brian O’Looney

Neighborhood and building typology are a scale higher than we deal with here. So I’ve been having a great time reading Increments of Neighborhood by Brian O’Looney, recently released by Oro Editions. I’ll have a full review on the website soon, but this is a great book for those interested in urban typologies – both…