That’s the idea behind “Step,” a shoe conceived by 22-year-old Vancouver design student Taylor Ward. Inspired by his city’s goal to become the greenest urban area on the planet by 2020, Ward has drafted an ambitious blueprint for kicks that could help support the grid. The key ingredient: newfangled insoles that would produce electricity via tiny piezoelectric generators and capacitors (the same pressure-reliant tech that could let your butt power an office desk).
Designed by Heatherwick Studio and inspired by actress and campaigner, Joanna Lumley, the Bridge will provide a vital new route between north and south London and feature plants, trees, woodland and meandering walkways to be used and enjoyed by all.
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It’s a charmed feature of family life that the oldest and youngest often find common cause. In league against the conservatism of parents, grandparents and grandkids might push for dessert before dinner or agree on the harmlessness of playing outside in the rain.
It seems that the two cohorts have also found themselves in a natural alliance on urban planning. Both the old and the young, according to surveys, want to live where they can walk, use transit, and enjoy public space.
A Vancouver Sun article reports on a new study, led by UBC professor Larry Frank, focussing on residents of Metro Vancouver. The study has provided more evidence that pedestrian-friendly communities are much healthier than car-dependent ones.
The study found people who live in pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods walk five times a week for transportation compared with one or two times per week for those in auto-oriented neighbourhoods.
Paul Tranter’s talk was on the “hurry virus.” He presented a compelling argument for walking to be considered in the same vein as the slow food movement, as a measurement of scale and of activity.
Daniel Sauter from Switzerland was back with the metrics he is reviewing in establishing the best way to measure and survey walking.
A Global News report: New research has found tens of thousands of Canadian cancer cases could be avoided with regular exercise. Researchers say if more of us worked out 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week, thousands of cases of breast, colon, prostate and even lung cancer could be prevented.