08 Dec '11, 3pm

Check out the @Treehugger online debate, streaming now Walker and Nordahl discuss efficient, attractive #urban #transit

Check out the @Treehugger online debate, streaming now Walker and Nordahl discuss efficient, attractive #urban #transit

At 3 Eastern on December 8, Darrin Nordahl, author of My Kind of Transit and Jarret Walker, author of Human Transit: how clearer thinking about public transit can enrich our communities and our lives will be on Bookhugger . This may well turn into an exciting bunfight; these are two very different books. Vitruvius described the three essential characteristics of a good building: Commodity, Firmness and Delight. What describes buildings could be applied to transit: Firmness is the actual structural and mechanical properties that make it function. Commodity is about how well it works for people, how it serves their needs. Delight is what makes it loved. Jarret Walker is all about Commodity, about how useful a transit system is. He is more sanguine about Firmness; he thinks we spend too much time thinking about the technology and not enough about practicality and geometry. Fr...

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