Favorite Design and Urbanism Blog Posts for Week of December 31, 2012

123112 Vision for healthcare environments.  Wish list for placemaking. Walkability in Mumbai. Sustainability with e-waste.

Ensuring the health of a population. Noah Tolson, Practice Area Leader for Planning at Array Healthcare Facilities Solutions, blogs about questions healthcare organizations should be asking as healthcare institutions envision and realize their operations.

Our clients have been thrown into a strange new ocean, where they are treading water in a shifting tide and are wondering at which angle they should swim to get to a more secure location. Our clients are the ones with the questions. Now, it’s our job to help contemplate where to go and how to get there. . . and only then can we develop an environment that might be appropriate. – Noah Tolson

Via Array Knowledge Communities

Placemaking wish list. PlaceMakers blogs about placemaking trends they hope to see in 2013 that will serve communities better.

  1. More Options in the Reform of Local Growth Regulations
  2. Incremental Growth
  3. Tactical Urbanism as Normative Citizen Practice
  4. Better Methods for Measuring Livability
  5. Return on Infrastructure Investment
  6. More Streets-for-People, Near and Long-Term
  7. Placemaking in Under-Appreciated Places

Via PlaceMakers

Pedestrians but no sidewalks. Mark Bergen blogs about his experience of walking in Mumbai, a city that hosts 15 million walking trips but not many sidewalks.

Bringing walkable spaces to the dense remainder of Mumbai with its abundant poverty, makeshift homes and messy property markets, is a difficult task. However, a handful of activists are trying to make Mumbai more hospitable to walkers such as the launch of the Walking Project, which educates the public on the conditions pedestrians face across his city.

Via The Atlantic Cities

Sustainable solutions. Lea Anne Leatherwood, who directs Perkins + Will’s Houston office’s Sustainable Design Practices Team, blogs on how the Houston office collected and recycled 500,000 pounds of electronic waste as part of the What IF campaign, which calls for donations of unused, unwanted, and outdated electronics.

The Houston office hosted a recycling drive, collecting 6,000 pounds of e-waste that included boom boxes, record players, cassettes, and VHS tapes. Easter Seals Greater Houston used funds collected from e-waste to provide training courses for people with disabilities.

Via Ideas + Buildings Blog