design thinking initiatives for a better urban life
Stimulating the adoption of better habits, technologies and infrastructures in the field of urban or territorial mobility – from urban sprawls to high traffic densities – as a way to positively impact on the sustainability of one of the most energy and effort consuming human activities.
The problem is the future strain on Portland’s transportation infrastructure, due to the expected population growth of 1 million people by the year 2040.
Portland is expecting to become denser, and though Portland’s population has increased, the congestion of traffic has not. This is due to Portland’s predominant bike culture. Portland is America’s biking capital, with a bicycle commuter rate of 6.3% vs. the national average of 0.61%. There is already an existing system of bicycle pathways through the city of Portland, so building new infrastructure is not the way to generate more cyclists.
Our intent is to help Portland reach the modal split goal of 25% bicycle trips taken by the population inside the metro area. (more…)
We have created page accounts to go along with our app. This allows for deeper connection and to get the ball rolling on creating this app as a marketable item. Also along with the use of Facebook and Twitter as base pages, we have created a hashtag that goes along with our app and pages to further group conversations and connections.
Here is a mapped out version of the development of the Bike PDX app so far…
We constructed a survey to better understand the people of Portland.
Here is the mock-up of the base structure/design of the interface of the App.
Nurrapp is a smartphone app proposal that contains: a social platform for carpooling, a navigator with ecological info, an interactive map with interest points focused on Nurra and a intermodal-mix software that calculates the best transport mix following various parameter like “less polluting” or “less expensive”.
We’ve analysed 2 extreme solution (minimum and maximum expense)for integrate pedestrian, cycling, carpooling and carsharing into a new public transport system in Nurra area (focus on Santa Maria la Palma).
Nino is an hypotethical teenager which represents how difficult is for a teenager living and moving in the Nurra’s landscape.
the ideas that tourists has regarding Sardinia, and the real possibility of reach some place in Nurra without a private car
The ambition of this project responds to the context of apathy, detachment, and alienation individuals experience in response to challenges they face in urban environments. The project specifically focuses on air quality and the opportunities that sensor technology, low-cost do-it-yourself electronics, and social media enable individuals to explore, understand, and discuss within their communities. The current infrastructure of air-quality monitoring devices within Boston provides a misleading portrait of air quality. While the air quality can be considered “good” on average, an understanding of the micro-environments we experience on a daily basis aren’t adequately understood. This project provides the tools to explore these problem areas and serves as a template to imagine how individuals and communities can actively engage the public realm.
Research methods and project approaches are developed in two forms. The first is concerned with creating the processes and spaces necessary to enable participation and engagement. While citizen science efforts have a mixed history, this work is less about collecting legitimate data than it is about empowering individuals with the tools necessary to not only collect data, but also understand the different ways that data can be collected and transmitted. Empowerment cannot be considered authentic unless the individual has the capacity to decide how and if information is communicated and to whom. The second form of this work is about creating the tools necessary to enable the measurement of air quality. These tools are built upon a conceptualized kit of open-source and readily available set of parts which can be expanded upon to produce a variety of configurations. In a sense this D.I.Y kit is intended to be flexible as to allow for personal reconfiguration as well as function in a variety of opportunistic contexts. (more…)