A report from the Institute of Traffic Engineers (ITE) and the Federal Highway Administration, titled Traffic Calming: State-of-the-Practice, covers a number of methods that can moderate street traffic. A related paper, also written by Reid Ewing (Rutgers University), concentrates on physical measures, since these are generally most effective.
Understanding and accommodating user needs is a sound design maxim. Researchers interviewed Seattle truck drivers to obtain their views on the design of commercial urban and suburban buildings.
Two studies examine how neighborhood and streetscape preferences affect pedestrian behavior. One study investigates how environmental aesthetics and neighborhood design affect walking for exercise, and the other examines visitor path-choice at urban intersections.
What does it take to create not only a pedestrian-friendly place, but a place that pedestrians are drawn to?
HDR display technology is beginning to become available, and Veitch outlines why it will be an important design tool
What makes "third places" work?
How important is access to a clean and natural environment?
Exercise settings can influence exercise behavior.
Nature can change the way we see the world, heightening our desire to be more altruisitc and caring.
The value of restorative natural settings is well established. Little is known, though, about the potential restorative effect of well-designed urban environments.