The final course in the Urban Design for Planners series addresses the reality of the automobile as part of the urban fabric. The storage of cars and high levels of traffic can be very detrimental to neighborhoods, but good design can mitigate those negative effects. For parking, we look at four types of responses to surface level parking. For high-traffic areas, we look at the ways to calm traffic can be calmed and prioritize the needs of pedestrians. This course demonstrates how to analyze high levels of parking and traffic, present your analysis graphically, and then propose design interventions that address negative effects.
There will always be a need for some cars in cities, and the design issue remains: How can cars be stored and traffic handled in a way that minimizes the destruction of the public realm?