When will the cry of “Less is more” be heard from technology companies? How I yearn for a Mies Iphone or some Seidleresque software. Although the idea of mimimalism finds proponents among the ranks of architects and designers, the technology industry has moved in an arms race of more is better. Modern technology devices and software may LOOK minimalist but behind the facade they are seething with unwanted and little used features. I mean, does anyone really even know what all those features and apps on a phone even do? Who uses all the preset options of their camera (or can even find them in the layers of menus). Who has really explored the toolbars of MS Word. Very few. We just want things to work.
If you are interested in assessing the walkability of a particular location here is a good resource www.walkscore.com.au
And here are a couple of images which dramatically illustrate the difference between zero walkability and ultimate walkability. They are the old city of Havana and Sawgrass Mills Mall in Florida at the same scale. Images courtesy of Steve Mouzon – Original Green blog.
NORTH TYNESIDE HIGH STREET 'REVIVED' BY FAKE SHOP FRONT