31 Oct '12, 12pm

Use The Trick or Treat Test Tonight To Find Good Urban Design

Use The Trick or Treat Test Tonight To Find Good Urban Design

Brent Toderian, former chief planner in Vancouver, Canada, describes the "Trick or Treat" test of urban design in the Huffington Post Canada. In city planning and design, there's an old saying about the "Trick-or-Treat Test." It's often brought up in the context in suburban home design: Can kids easily find the front door to your house, or must they poke behind the huge multi-car garage, past the parking asphalt, to ring your bell? A Green Home from KB Homes in Florida/Promo image He has a really good point. In most subdivisions (this is a new house in Florida ) You would never know that there were any kids (or anyone at all) outside. In many cases, the front door is vestigial; people enter through the garage. In this Martha Stewart design, the front hall is used as the dining room . But as Brent notes, it's much more than where the front door is. Is your neighbourhood a g...

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