Ten Steps Toward Autonomous Urbanism (9 & 10)

Friday, 2 February 2018

Steps 9 & 10: Adopt pilot projects as an implementation tool & Continue designing human-oriented cities

In this series of blogs we’ll look at the Ten Steps Toward Autonomous Urbanism as defined by Lisa Nisenson and Brad Davis in their article published by CNU in December 2017.

Step 9Adopt pilot projects as an implementation tool

In the same way that the technology industry prides itself on testing and iteration, so too should cities when it comes to street design and mobility services. Pilot projects can be done with the physical design of streets as well as the services provided along a street. Transportation technology companies are looking for places to test their products and services, and cities can use pilots as an opportunity to test policies, measure outcomes, and build public support for change at a smaller scale before a larger roll out of services.

Step 10Continue designing human-oriented cities

Our work shaping communities will still revolve around creating places people love. We will still be expected to develop meaningful civic engagement, a high quality public realm, and durable, sustainable community design. Whether vehicles have drivers or not, placemaking, transportation, infrastructure and open spaces are still our craft. We will still be standard bearers for equity, health, neighborhood revival, and durable design.

However, with rapid change, we need to sharpen our skills. The scope of needs can feel overwhelming, but the top list of things to address include:

  • Change management
  • Faster, but more effective, plan updates coordinated across Agencies and Departments
  • A new focus on corridors (and future feeders to those corridors)
  • Adaptive urban design (including new zoning codes)
  • Continuous training – on a budget

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