Talking the Walk: The Importance of Pedestrian Friendly Public Spaces

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Talking the Walk: The Importance of Pedestrian Friendly Public Spaces

  1. 1. What Information Science Tells Us About The Walkable City John Tolva
  2. 2. “The patterns of data in the streets, the systems that enable and carry them, the quality of those connections, their various levels of openness or privacy, will all affect the way the street feels rather more than street furniture or road signs. Holes in data, public and private, may become more relevant than the pothole in the pavement — until you trip over it, at least.” — Dan Hill
  3. 3. Pedestrianism is network intelligence.
  4. 4. The city is an information network of waterways, roads, sidewalks, and telecommunications.
  5. 5. Cities process information too.
  6. 6. The most pedestrian-friendly cities are minimizing the cost of information exchange (whether they know it or not).
  7. 7. “fractal loading” (the nerdiest thing you will hear today)
  8. 8. The walkable city is not a social network.
  9. 9. The opportunity

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