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Urban Design for Planners 8: Parking and Traffic
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Urban Design for Planners 8: Parking and Traffic

Urban Design for Planners 8: Parking and Traffic

91 min

This course is approved for 1.5 AICP CM credits

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?

In This Course

  1. Emily Talen introduces the goals and content of the final course in the "Urban Design for Planners" series.
  2. Parking Overview
    Urban designers can alleviate the negative effects of surface parking lots. In this chapter, learn how to identify the most damaging parking lots by evaluating their relationship to density and proximity to civic spaces.
  3. This chapter demonstrates how use location to to identify the most damaging parking lots. One strategy is to start with the neighborhood centers identified in "Urban Design for Planners 4: Neighborhood Centers." As the most strategic places in the neighborhood, which areas devote excessive amounts of space to cars and car storage?
  4. SketchUp: Reconfiguring a Parking Lot
    This chapter suggests an idea for redeveloping parking lots, based on an example from "Sprawl Repair Manual" by Galina Tachieva.
  5. SketchUp: Reconfiguring a Parking Lot, Part 2
    This chapter provides another idea for parking lot redevelopment.
  6. Traffic Overview
    This chapter explores how heavily trafficked streets can be particularly damaging and how urban design can mitigate some of the problems created by heavy traffic.
  7. QGIS and Google Earth: Prioritizing Strategic Areas
    The first step in improving traffic impacts is to identify streets with heavy traffic that are also not compatible with the surrounding context. Then, we can begin to implement traffic calming measures.
  8. QGIS: Designing New Thoroughfares
    Once problem areas have been identified, the next step is to use transect zones to evaluate dimensions for thoroughfares.
  9. QGIS: Reconfiguring an Intersection for Traffic Calming
    We identified areas as either: 1) mostly residential with wide streets and a lot of traffic, 2) streets with insufficient pedestrian right-of-way, 3) or streets with high numbers of pedestrians and car traffic flow. Traffic calming in all of these areas should be a high priority.

Published 2015