Mozambique

Research about Mozambique – including innovation going on in Mozambique

 

Zürich is becoming a more bicycle friendly city

At nextzuerich.ch  I noticed that a large number of ideas have been communicated about making Zürich a more bicycle friendly city. So as I saw this invitation to the event Nextsalon Velocity, I decided to participate to help contribute to making Zürich a more bicycle friendly city.

At the event, I found it very interesting to share ideas with other participants about what we can do to improve conditions for everyone moving from a to b in Zürich. I found it fascinating that the event was complemented by work on the internet, for example on nexzuerich.ning.com, facebook, nextzuerich.ch, and on ronorp.net.

In this blog posting, I read that to be an innovator, you have to be a relentlessly curious anthropologist and a keen-eyed ethnographer, so with a mobile electronic device, I walked / cycled / drove around the city to take photos of the areas in Zürich where I have experienced there is a strong potential for making conditions better – not least for people who use 2 wheel / 3 wheel vehicles with or without engine / battery.

Below are some more experiences / ideas / inspiration on making cities more bicycle friendly:

How to make an attractive city

Watching the video embedded below, I learned that there are 6 fundamental things a city needs to get right.

# 1: Order and variety
An example: Every house in a neighbourhood has the same width and height. In addition, every house has been allowed freedom regarding form and colour.

# 2: Visible life
People like when they can see things going on where they work / live.

# 3: Compact
An example: A square should not be too small – and should be no larger than 30 metres in diameter.

# 4: Orientation and mystery
We need a good balance between a) big streets / boulevards that offer orientation and b) small streets / lanes that offer mystery. People love cities that have lots of backstreets and small lanes where you can feel cosy.

# 5: Scale
A suggestion is made that buildings should be maximum 5 stories tall. Above that, people start to feel small and insignificant. When, occasionally, there’s a big building, make it a building that’s really special and loved by everyone.

# 6: Make it local
An example could be the use of local materials for building infrastructure. It could also be something else that makes something uniquely local. When you think of beautiful local place, what comes into your mind?

 

Bicycle friendly cities

Some ideas for cities that want to become more bicycle friendly. What would you add?

 

Great examples from Africa about innovation in farming

These 2 examples are among the innovations mentioned In the video embedded below that reduce food loss:

# 1: Lower quality peanuts are used to make soap.

# 2: Spoiled fruits are processed into juice.

Ideas for hospitals

An update to a report / e-book with ideas for hospitals:

 

Event about city development in Zürich

The other day, I participated at this event initiated by nextzürich. Watching the movie the human scale at the start of the event, I learned, for example, that to rebuild the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, more than 100,000 ideas were developed by citizens. Watching the film, I also learned that, in New York, USA, ideas on city development were continuously tried out / tested. By testing / trying out ideas, one could, for example, find out how life in the city changes. Among other advantages of continuously testing / trying out ideas that people have developed for certain parts of the city, I come to think, for example, of the positive influence it has on the motivation of citizens: People experience – first hand – that their voices are being heard, that their ideas are taken seriously. They see the result of their creative work. Innovation is happening.

The moderated discussion after the film was interesting, I found. Reflecting on what was said, I recall, for example, that Frank Argast talked about that city development is not just about development of the inner part of a city / the centre of a city. It is not least about developing the outskirts of a city. During the discussion, I noted, also, an interesting question by another participant. She asked, as I understood it, about the degree of diversity, for example regarding the design of buildings. As I heard it, she was trying to make the point that there could be more diversity. I found the question relevant and came to think, for example, to what extent more buildings could have a form that is different from the squared / rectangular form.

Looking for ideas to develop a city, I came across these outdoor work and living environment initiatives.