Cyclist in downtown Chicago, which has recently installed a new series of protected bike lanes Russell Ingram, courtesy of Chicago Loop Alliance

Cycling success: 10 U.S. cities pushing biking forward, including Broward Co – Curbed

New infrastructure, better bikesharing, and safer streets by Patrick Sisson London announced a plan to spend a billion dollars on bike highways and cycling infrastructure late last year. Oslo wants to transform its downtown into a car-free zone by 2019. German cities are testing...
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It will take more than bike lanes to make biking safe – Curbed

Cities need to give bikes a dedicated, prominent place on our streets By Alissa Walker Last week, hundreds of people took to New York’s streets on bikes to send a message to the city: Too many people are dying. The ride was organized by the advocacy group Transportation...
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The design for the new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, formerly the site of a tragic school shooting, seeks to balance openness and security. Town of Newtown

New Sandy Hook Elementary School design finds safety, security in openness – Curbed

When it opens later this month, Newtown’s new school will offer a model for an educational space with a subtle defensive posture By Patrick Sisson When the new Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, opens this fall, the design will be as notable for what it is—a...
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Designing for Security: A modern-day search for the intersection of safety and beauty.

By Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson for AIA Architect In the 18th century, English philosopher Jeremy Bentham proposed a building meant to eradicate bad behavior. The design concept—which Bentham said could be used for everything from schools and hospitals to housing and prisons—was a...
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How NASA Accidentally Found a Way to Make Buildings Safer During Earthquakes – CityLab

A new device can counteract the frequency at which a building vibrates. Margo Pierce NASA technologists are typically focused on making it safe for humans to explore outer space. Now the space agency says it’s found a way to make earthquakes safer for people on the ground. NASA...
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“We face calls for safe houses, safe communities and safe spaces”

There are tactics that architecture can use to make people feel safe, says Aaron Betsky, but the question is how we apply them to public buildings and spaces Opinion: there are concrete tactics that architecture can use to make people feel mentally and socially safe, says Aaron...
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