FIELD NOTES

What do we see in the field? Below are a collection of articles, videos, curiosities, and observations of cities and its people.

 

The Past Made Visible in the Present

Aachen is a mid-size city in Germany, located directly at the border with The Netherlands and Belgium, with a 5000-year history of settlement. One of the focal points in the heart of the city, aside from the famous cathedral, is the Elisenbrunnen which features a sulfur-rich healing fountain.

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Liz Lessig
Car Parking or Bike Lane?

On March 3rd, 2015, the SFMTA board voted to approve the redesign of a 1.3-mile stretch of Polk Street between Union and McAllister Street in San Francisco that proposes the addition of bike lanes as well as other streetscape improvements such as trees, raised crosswalks, bulb-outs, and pedestrian-scale street lights.

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Liz Lessig
Protected Bike Lanes

My bicycle is my main mode of transportation to get around in the city. I encountered the pictured situation four times within 10 minutes of riding on the same street (I didn't take a photo of the 4th truck), which is very typical on a mid-day ride:

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Opening of Public Parking Garage in Morgan Hill

At the end of June, on a balmy summer night, a new public parking garage in Downtown Morgan Hill opened with a great fanfare on 3rd Street. The City of Morgan Hill hired Urban Field Studio as consultants on the design of the garage, the signage, and the integration of public art. 

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Liz Lessig