I was sent a very insightful email with reasons why one parking configuration, angle-in, has advantages to those with disabilities over the more common parallel style. Everyone that works on improving the streets and street scape struggle with getting the required slopes, widths and surface textures in the right places. We also include handicap parking spaces where we can and too often it is a parallel space adapted to meet the dimensions. When I received an email with the pros and cons for a parking style I realized after all these years I still did not totally anticipate the experience of a person with disabilities. I offer it here as I believe it may help others. Read the rest of this entry →
An aspect about downtown Houston and your city that many may not consider when rushing to work, the theater, a ball game or out to dinner is that there are layers that go beyond the streets and many floors of the buildings–even beyond the pedestrian tunnels here in Houston. In any major city there are bridges and too often people end up trying to live there until they are run out and their cycle starts over. That land space below the bridges is very valuable and should not be wasted on cycling the homeless in an out. Read the rest of this entry →
Whether you call it an urban art form or graffiti tagging–said with disgust–there are places that it looks stupid no matter which side you argue. I offer this post as a simple insight that did not occur to me until I came across this location. Read the rest of this entry →
If you ever tried painting concrete in the sidewalk setting then you likely have had similar results as we have: i.e. not good. Paint does not adhere to the concrete particularly when it is grooved as ramps must be.
I am always surprised when engineers give in to the vendors’ plea to “trust us, this is different and we stand behind it”. They stand behind it provided you can prove it was installed in the ideal temperature and humidity range they recommend and then only for the one-year warranty. In short, the ramps in only a few years look like these photos.
No, the rack does not play music but the shape, like musical notes, reflects the music that is part of every performance at the Wortham Center Theater where it is mounted at the back door. The rack also serves as a sign of what is inside and a component of place making. Surely this is one of those things my architectural friends call “whimsical”. Read the rest of this entry →
On the day after earth day I want to share a well done high-security wall that was built to nurture slivers of green space in a location where soon there will be none. The photo shows the location and how nicely the planting space fits into the wall without taking up precious sidewalk width. Read the rest of this entry →