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Beautiful ways of documenting NYC.

Funny how I seem to discover things in sets of two… This time, it’s two beautiful projects that are based on documenting a particular aspect of New York City’s man-made environment.

Up first is Project Neon by Kirsten Hively: “an effort to seek out, photograph and encourage appreciation of the glow of New York City.” via Urban Omnibus


Schiller’s Liquor Bar (Rivington Street @ Norfolk Street)

Second is All the Buildings in New York: “an attempt to draw all the buildings in New York by James Gulliver Hancock, an illustrator originally from Australia currently based in Brooklyn, New York.” via Urban Planning Blog

46th Street (aka Restaurant Row) in Manhattan

March 8’s daily design idea is what specific aspect of your city would you most want to document, if you had the time and resources? One of the many things I would seek out would be the temporary shelters built by homeless or otherwise nomadic individuals. Maybe one day you’ll see me on something like Kickstarter seeking out funding to do just that.

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March 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

Tektonomastics: The Building Names Project

Re-blogged from Urban Omnibus.
Written by Haruka Horiuchi and Frank Hebbert.
Originally posted October 6, 2010.

“The notion of multi-family housing in New York brings to mind unromantic concepts like density, (un)affordability or noisy neighbors. But maybe there are some simple ways to re-enchant the idea of dense urban living. This week’s feature offers one such strategy: identifying, mapping and analyzing those residential buildings that have proper names. 150 years ago, a residential structure for more than one family meant tenement, plain and simple. And in order to convince residents that sharing a roof and some walls with unrelated neighbors didn’t have to confer a social stigma, property developers had to do some marketing, 19th Century style. The practice of naming buildings is still in effect, but remains subordinate to the more homogenizing numerical identifiers of address or grid. Help tektonomasticians Haruka Horiuchi and Frank Hebbert put a more personal face on New York’s building stock by adding a building to their citywide map of named buildings. Here, the two of them describe what they are up to with this project in advance of their psychogeographic tour of the named buildings of the East Village and this weekend’s Conflux Festival. Read more below, join them this weekend, and contribute to their growing database. -C.S. [Cassim Shepard]

Tektonomastics: The Building Names Project is a collaborative effort to map the named residential buildings of New York City and beyond. But first, what does tektonomastics mean anyway?

>> find out after the jump

Continue Reading October 24, 2010 at 11:48 am Leave a comment

Update on Prospect Park West bike lanes

Re-blogged from Steven can plan.
Written by Steven Vance.
Originally posted October 23, 2010.

“On Thursday, the day of the anti-bike lane rally and adjacent counter rally, the New York City Department of Transportation released preliminary “before and after” data about speeding and sidewalk riding, the two major concerns the neighborhood had about the street.

Instead of 46% of people riding bikes on Prospect Park West sidewalks, only 4% do. And only 11-23% exceed the speed limit, where before the new bike lane, 73-76% would. Download the document (PDF) via TransportationNation.

A commenter (BicyclesOnly, from NYC) weighs in:

One of the main complaints against the redesign is that it reduces the roadway from three lanes to two, which means that double parking (which is very common here) effectively reduces the roadway to one lane. At one lane, you get some congestion and delays. […]

But is that really so bad? The impetus behind this project was concerns for rampant motor vehicle speeding. Because this roadway at three lanes had excess capacity, more than half the vehicles can and routinely would exceed the speed limit, creating a barrier between park slope residents and their park. 90% of the Park Slope community lives, not on Prospect Park West, where this project was installed, but to the west.

So to be fair, I wouldn’t suggest that the project has had NO effect on residents. But from a safety and utility perspective, and looking at the entire community of people who use this corridor–not just the people who live on it–the trade offs clearly are worth it. That’s why the local Community Board endorsed this project. And it bears mention that the Community Board is hand-picked by the Borough President, who is the leading OPPONENT of the project. So the community review process was NOT rigged in favor of approval.


Photo showing bike lane construction in progress.”

>> October 23’s daily design idea is well-planned public space relies on understanding the stakeholders (and their alliances).

October 23, 2010 at 5:35 pm Leave a comment

Spectacular parades.

In New York, the Mermaid Parade definitely has a special spot in our hearts. In Philadelphia, we’re partial to the Mummers Parade (though the newly discovered Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby may be a contender if we can catch it next year). The biggest reason why these particular parades are so fun is because they’re a celebration of significant creative endeavors. The people in these parades work for months to make their floats and costumes, and it’s really quite amazing to have a chance to congratulate them on all their hard work.


Photo by Flickr user MacRonin47

June 17′s daily design idea is celebrate your best work.

June 17, 2010 at 10:11 am Leave a comment

What landmarks/streets/prepositions are in a name?

In New York city, there’s often several parts to a neighborhood’s name, which results in names from cute to completely obscure. Just consider:

SoHo – “south of Houston” Street

NoHo – “north of Houston” Street

Nolita – “north of Little Italy”

TriBeCa – the “triangle below Canal” Street’

DUMBO – “down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass,” which has a great story for how it was named and also has some great design destinations

BoCoCa – the combined area of Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, and Carroll Gardens, which has an Arts Festival happening this month

NoMad – “North of Madison Square Park,” which may or may not be named (depending on who you ask) and which is notorious for being the empty brown square on NYC cab maps

June 16’s daily design idea is what physical characteristics are included in the name for your neighborhood?

Photo Credits
Image by Wikimedia Commons user Quasipalm.

June 16, 2010 at 3:50 pm Leave a comment

Just for fun: Tuesday Shoesday

Here are a few fun blogs that are occasionally perused over here at Daily Design Idea. They won’t be added to the blogroll since most of them aren’t actually sources of design inspiration – but they do make us crack a smile.

100K House: the personable blog from Daily Design Idea favorite Postgreen, which includes updates on their projects and insights into living affordably and green.
Boutique of the Week: an NYC guide to clothing boutiques, includes a feature on Daily Design Idea favorite TRUNK.
Daily Dose of Imagery: daily (!) and uncluttered updates of stunning photography.
Jak & Jil: straightforward images of gorgeous fashion from an obvious insider.
Landlocked Bride: shared with me by my soon-to-be-married cousin, especially cute because of Tuesday Shoesday.
Unhappy Hipsters: hysterical commentary on modern architecture and aesthetics, including a photo submitted by Daily Design Idea favorite Postgreen.


Blue Velvet Louboutins featured on Jak & Jil

June 15’s daily design idea is read for fun, too!

June 15, 2010 at 10:22 am 1 comment

NYC gets fatter, browner, and drop shadow-ier.

As most New Yorkers already know, the MTA is changing up a bunch of service this month. This is resulting in some annoying rerouting for commuters but also a snazzy new subway map. The major changes include a wider (less geographically accurate) Manhattan, the replacement of green parks with olive-brown parks, drop shadows on the subway lines, Staten Island being reduced to an inset, and no more summary of service in the lower right. Comments about a wider Manhattan relating to the American obesity problem have already started, as have complaints about Central Park looking more like a sandbox than a park. I haven’t been to Staten Island recently, but I have a hunch some of them may not be too pleased either.

For a full look at the new map plus past MTA maps, check out this NY Times article announcing the newest one. The new service has also resulted in 2 dropped lines (the W and V trains), and the switching of the M train from brown to orange. As my friend Andrew noticed, this means that the 14th street station at 6th ave now has a sign for the F M L trains. If these initials aren’t funny to you, it’s up to you to Google it.

June 13’s daily design idea is studies in usability are not the same as studies in user experience. Infographics are intended to be practical, so make sure to have some common sense when designing them.

Photo Credits
Left: newly installed NYC subway map, photo by Gisela Garrett.
Right: sign at the F and M (formerly F and V) 14th street station, photo by Andrew Janet.

June 13, 2010 at 11:03 am Leave a comment

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