The Van Alen Institute and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency launched Shore to Core, a research and design competition to reimagine waterfront cities using West Palm Beach as a model. A team consisting of Street Plans, The Happy City Lab, and Professor Jennifer Roe–Director of University of Virginia’s Center for Design and Health–was selected by the Van Alen Institute.
The research project, called Happier by Design, “will combine tools from environmental psychology and spatial analytics with community engagement to test how key sites influence individuals’ bodies, behaviors, and emotions. Through this research program, we will identify successful interventions to improve individual and civic wellbeing.” Read all about the project HERE.
With financial support from the Walton Family Foundation and in partnership with the Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks, Street Plans was hired by the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission to work with the cities of Bentonville, Bella Vista, and Rogers to create a series of month-long bikeway pilot projects. Improvements included protected bike lanes and neighborhood greenways complete with super sharrows and traffic diverters. The Walton Family Foundation provided a nice summary of the projects HERE.
Street Plans partnered with the City of Long Beach and City Fabrick to create a pop-up demonstration of a “Streetlet” on Saturday, November 12th. A Streetlet is a neighborhood public open space that reimagines underutilized sections of the street to create hubs of community activity. Streetlets could help improve pedestrian connections to major transit corridors and provide places for shade, rest, and programing. The Streetlet demonstration on November 12th allowed the community to see and experience what a Streetlet could look and feel like. The demonstration invited people to enjoy the pop-up public space and provide their input through interactive activities.
This Streetlet demonstration was the 2nd of 6 workshops to accompany the forthcoming Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials & Design. These workshops have the goal of expanding participating agencies’ familiarity and comfort with planning, permitting, and execution of demonstration, pilot, and interim design projects.
The Seaside Institute has awarded Street Plans Principals Mike Lydon and Tony Garcia with the 2017 Seaside Prize. “The Seaside Institute awards The Seaside Prize each year to individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to the quality and character of our communities. The recipients of the Prize have a major influence on how our towns and cities can best be built and re-built to reflect and promote walkability, diversity, beauty, and sustainability.” On the weekend of February 24-26, Mike and Tony will be honored and will perform a Tactical Urbanism Demonstration. See the article announcing the award HERE.