The Omnibus Roundup – subways, rebloggings, street design, Newtown, concrete

While we’re talking about subway rides, take a look at three (1, 23) visualizations of subway ridership in New York City from 1905 to 2006. These maps not only illustrate stories of neighborhood change, but they’re also just plain cool.  (via information aesthetics)

Last Wednesday, the Imagining Recovery jury deliberated for four hours before announcing ten teams would share 1st prize. Three of these were awarded a special prize for achievement in what the jury “believed to be the central tenet of the competition, the ability to communicate.” Check them out here. We’ll be following closely the influence of stimulus funding on the built environment of New York; get in touch or leave a comment below if you have a related news tip.

We were psyched when Candy Chang‘s process narrative of making the Vendor Power poster got picked up by such blog luminaries as Design Observer, NYMag’s Grub Street and Midtown Lunch.

Meanwhile, Wednesday Mayor Bloomberg announced the city’s new manual for street design (NYT). If only Candy could have illustrated it… Here’s Fast Company’s take. And will the city’s welcome move away from the utilitarian street designs that have dominated improvements since the 70s incorporate some of the principles and details James Reeves evokes in My Living Room?

Fluxxlab, inventors of the Revolution Door, has been busy, working on what promises to be a strikingly singular environment for Eyebeam‘s benefit gala on June 16th.

Chris Gruen observes the beauty of our favorite Nature Walk, calling it “an unusually honest space in which to contemplate the nature of our city and our civilization.” (NYT)

Perhaps the next phase of this project could be a contender for the first NYC use of flexible, self-healing concrete? (via National Geographic).

Speaking of street improvements, how many guys does it take to fix a pothole? (via our friends at The Infrastructurist & Fox News)


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