Trend Watch September 2020

PARK(ing) Day: Don’t Stop at the Curb

The international day of transforming car spots into parklets has inspired reflection this month on the value of resilient, equitable and inclusive streets – particularly during a pandemic, writes Carolina Samponaro for Lyft.

Read about her observations of 2020 PARK(ing) Day.

Image: Tulsa PARK(ing) Day, 2020 – Project for Public Spaces Twitter page.

Gensler: The Pandemic May Accelerate 20-Minute Cities:

Giving up the daily commute in favour of working from home may be a lasting effect of COVID-19 that leads to a push for greater service availability in local neighbourhoods, writes Ed Garsten for Forbes.

International architectural, development and planning firm Gensler is focused on that sea change in how we go about our business, he writes, working with communities and automakers on how to make the ’20-minute city’ a reality.

Read the article on Forbes.

Image: Hollywood Boulevard reimagined by Gensler.


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