The Open Streets movement is a wildly popular tool in the Tactical Urbanist‘s arsenal. The concept is simple: shut down city streets to automobile traffic for a day so pedestrians and cyclists can fully utilize our most plentiful public spaces. Cities from New York to Los Angeles now celebrate their open spaces with programs that are about to kick off for the summer season. Here’s a roundup of some of the top programs around the country.
Vaunted champion of urban living standards Enrique PeÃ±alosaÂ (pictured) is running for president of Colombia. As mayor of BogotÃ¡, PeÃ±alosa introduced a number of changes that improved the city’s public transportation system and also made it more pedestrian- and bike-friendly. His three-year reign witnessed theÂ the implementation of the TransMilenio bus rapid transit system which services 2 million Colombians daily. He also Â instituted of a number of measures strategically restricting auto-traffic within certain parts of the city. Since 2009 the Duke alum has been president of the Institute for Transport and Development Policy, an organization that promotes transportation solutions globally. PeÃ±alosa will be representing Colombia’s Green Party in the 2014 elections, which take place May 25.
Center for Architecture
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Through October 26
Colombia: Transformed/Architecture=Politics, on viewÂ at the Center for Architecture through October 26,Â examines 11 recently built, socially-mindful developments designed by six leaders in contemporary ColombianÂ architecture: Daniel Bonilla and Giancarlo Mazzanti from BogotÃ¡, and Felipe Mesa, Juan Manuel Pelaez, Felipe Uribe and Orlando Garcia from MedellÃn. The projects in theÂ show embody the change occurring in Latin AmericaÂ today and reveal themes of social inclusion in addition to inventive architectural forms and spaces.