Moving Life

I am a Urban & Regional Planning student at Michigan State University. This blog is in many ways an exploration of people in places and how people come to define and relate to place.
portlandtogo:

The leaves fell back into the ground
crumbled, wet, discarded as we looked
upwards, to the lights, the christmas music
fall is almost over so
watch out for the street tracks. 

portlandtogo:

The leaves fell back into the ground

crumbled, wet, discarded as we looked

upwards, to the lights, the christmas music

fall is almost over so

watch out for the street tracks. 

(via fuckyeahportland)

Get Your City Walking With DIY Wayfinding

Urban designer Matt Tomasulo has launched Walk [Your City], a website that enables users to generate custom street signs in order to improve walkability of their neighborhood. Main objectives of the platform are building a local sense of community and helping citizens becoming more engaged.

Another important reason for Tomasulo to build Walk [Your City] is to stimulate people to exercise more, for instance by taking a simple walk. “In 1960, 1:4 citizens took one useful, 10-minute walk each day. Now that number is 1:10”, he explains. The website is built around a handy tool that allows everyone to create custom street signs based on walkability. Users draw a route between two points and the tool automatically calculates the walk or cycle minutes from A to B, as well as generates a good-looking sign. A QR code in the bottom corner links to a mobile website that displays the entire walking route.

Users can order their custom-made signs, which is rather expensive. One sign costs you $25 including shipping — that’s not cheap if you take into account the chance that your beautiful sign will be removed after a short while by some enthusiast policeman. Nevertheless, Walk [Your City] could turn out a great way for people to guide others to great places, such as a new bar, a street intervention or an event that would be hard to find otherwise.

The platform once started as a guerrilla project in Raleigh comprising of 27 street signs in three zones of the city. The signs caught the eye of city officials who considered making them permanent. However, they didn’t like the design of the signs. A year later, the City of Raleigh officially adopted the program and incorporated it into its city-marketing. With the launch of the Walk [Your City] website, Tomasulo gives the rest of the world the opportunity to add a user-generated layer of wayfinding to cities.

via urbanplannerholic:

(Source: popupcity.net, via secretrepublic)

allleft:


A nightfall with no stars, 
The city lights brighten my heart.There’s a story inside every window,I stare at yours from afar.
Wish I could read your mind,Or have you understood mine.Waking up with you in my arms,I secretively wish for it now and then.
I whisper my love to you to summer breeze,I Write it on fallen autumn leaves,I Preserve it with snow flakes,And unfold it in spring sunrise.
Here I am again,Gaze at your window light.Wish you sweet dreams tonight,And no more loneliness to hide…
Photo by Alberto Reyes
Text by Viviana D

allleft:

A nightfall with no stars, 

The city lights brighten my heart.
There’s a story inside every window,
I stare at yours from afar.

Wish I could read your mind,
Or have you understood mine.
Waking up with you in my arms,
I secretively wish for it now and then.

I whisper my love to you to summer breeze,
I Write it on fallen autumn leaves,
I Preserve it with snow flakes,
And unfold it in spring sunrise.

Here I am again,
Gaze at your window light.
Wish you sweet dreams tonight,
And no more loneliness to hide…

Photo by Alberto Reyes

Text by Viviana D