A new, futuristic highway will be tested this year in the Netherlands. The Smart Highways project by Studio Roosegaarde will explore how to make highways safer while saving money and energy. The project’s concepts include glow-in-the-dark roads, temperature-responsive road paint, interactive street lamps, and a priority lane with embedded induction coils to recharge electric cars as they drive.
Rotterdam is facilitating a more pedestrian-friendly environment while simultaneously experimenting with alternative development strategies for the city. From New York Lab Team members ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles], the Luchtsingel is a pedestrian footbridge which is being funded by online donations from the citizens of Rotterdam. Each donor is entitled to have a message inscribed one of the bridge’s 17,000 wooden planks.
Do you love Paris in the springtime? Then check out art historian Joanna Lmanska’s mirrored photographs, which show the City of Light in a whole new . . . light.
Japanese architect Toyo Ito has been named as the 2013 winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Ito is the sixth Japanese architect to receive the award, following Kenzo Tange in 1987, Fumihiko Maki in 1993, Tadao Ando in 1995, and Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa in 2010.
To make stronger and more vibrant cities, it is vital to make room for people to participate and feel that they have the power to shape their urban environment. Learn how the Project for Public Spaces explores the way placemaking can involve city dwellers in the civic decision-making process.Have a suggestion for Friday links? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your link, first name, and where you’re from. We’re excited to hear from you!