Welcome to Urban Engineering, I am a civil engineer living and working in Brisbane, Australia. I have started this blog as I’m unhappy with the quality of urban design/engineering I see in my local area and typically in cities across Australia. We live in such a beautiful country it is unfair for our cities to be slaves to the automobile. Urban engineering is about recreating cities, roads and public spaces with people as the design priority.
If you design a city for cars, it fails for everyone, including drivers. My open letter to a car-addicted city: http://t.co/EwOR5HvgOK
— Brent Toderian (@BrentToderian) December 24, 2014
The traditional urban design pyramid has placed cars at the top with pedestrians and cyclists as second thoughts. Urban planners are now fighting to flip the pyramid on its head and design cities and places for people first.
So what is this blog going to do? Well I whenever I see yet another poor example of bicycle or pedestrian infrastructure I think to myself “I could do better than that”. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I have the qualifications and the design tools at my disposal so why not? I will be walking and cycling the streets looking for areas that need my attention, identifying the problem and then redesigning it as an urban engineer. Rather than just looking at urban design as a whole I want to apply it to the spaces around me and see how they would look! This will be my first foray into urban engineering so I look forward to your help along the way! Do you know of a street, intersection or space that fails to prioritise people? Let me know and we can work on a solution together.
A few future posts and topics to look forward to include:
- Do you really have to drive to the station?
- Road flaring – what is it and why it sucks in an urban environment
- Sylvan Rd protected cycle lane design
- North Brisbane Bikeway design
- Desire lines, what can we learn from them?