Friday Five – Souls in Seoul, Bike Share, Pedestrian Bridge, Perry World House, and Septa Rent
Welcome to the newest edition of the Friday Five! Here’s what we’ve been reading and thinking about this week:
South Korea has a housing crisis and Royal College of Art grad Ohyun Kwon has an idea to solve a portion of it. Catered towards artists, freelancers, and other “highly educated self-programmed labours”, the three story steel-framed structure allows everyone to live and work in the same commercial and residential spaces. The home to 1,400 creatives has unconventional but refreshing floor plans – take a browse. Can you imagine a similar space popping up in Kensington?
DC’s version of Indego, Capital Bikeshare, is a bit more established than Philly’s (350+ stations and 3000+ bikes in DC compared to 100+ stations in Philly), but they both serve similar purposes. After analyzing data of the bikes that were outfitted with GPS devices, Jon Wergin, a candidate for Virginia Tech’s master’s degree in urban and regional planning, published some of his findings. Among other things, the data shows that a Bikeshare member’s trip is shorter (both in distance and timewise) but twice as fast. It shows that casual riders (non-members) like to hang around the National Mall, Georgetown and Arlington National Cemetery. Members simply wanted to get out of the tourists way. We think Philly’s Indego data would be similar.
The new transit tool Rent Near Transit, by rental website Trulia, shows what you would pay for rent depending on what Septa station you live closest to. The data is scaled as you might imagine, however it is still interesting to see the data laid out in Septa form. According to Trulia, Philly is tied with NY and Boston at #7 for the most transit-friendly cities in the country. For residents hoping to stay under the average commute (29 minutes), a tool like this is almost essential when deciding to extend a lease or find a new crib.
Would you walk a mile to and from work each day if it meant you didn’t need to take public transportation? What if it connected Lower Manhattan and Jersey City? And what if it had coffee shops and free Wifi? Jersey City-based Jeff Jordan Architects was recognized for and given an AIA-NJ honor award for an unbuilt project. Despite some skepticism for the ambitious project, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop endorsed it: “…every infrastructure project starts out the same way: as just an idea. We hope that people continue to rally around it, and discuss it, and – if possible – find funding for it.” If the bridge was built, it would ease the bottleneck commute for the 400,000 Jersey residents who work in NYC. We’ll be keeping an eye on this one.
How does the design of a history-rich, ex-frat house-turned global initiatives space jive? Check out this Plan Philly article to get a better understanding of the historical and modern design elements 1100 Architects incorporated in their renovation of the original cottage designed by Samuel Sloan.
From the Postgreen family, we hope you have a great weekend!