Random snippets of articles, books, magazines, and websites that were striking at the time I read them.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Road designs by Monderman

I greatly enjoyed the article on Road Design originally published by the New York Times, and available for viewing at the website of the International Herald Tribune.
When Monderman, a traffic engineer and the intersection's proud designer, deliberately failed to check for oncoming traffic before crossing the street, the drivers slowed for him. No one honked or shouted rude words out the window.

"Who has the right of way?" he asked rhetorically. "I don't care. People here have to find their own way, negotiate for themselves, use their own brains."

Considering that Metro Manila is riddled with concrete dividing islands, metal barricades, and roped off sidewalks, the approach that Monderman takes in his road designs is totally revolutionary. Maybe the MMDA should have a look.