How a Google Android app is transforming Shanghai’s city planning

Beijing Imagine driving to work in the city at 6am, and, as you walk into the office, the building ahead of you looks out of place, until you realise it is walking towards you.The…

How a Google Android app is transforming Shanghai's city planning

Beijing

Imagine driving to work in the city at 6am, and, as you walk into the office, the building ahead of you looks out of place, until you realise it is walking towards you.The mobile app studio Wuyu is leading the project and installing this flatgable pedestrian bridge in Shanghai’s Chaoyang district. It aims to make the city more pleasant for public transport users by reducing what developers say is the wasted walk time between high-rise office blocks.”Walk-ability is one of the key components to improve public transport in the city. In the last five years, we started studying how we can modify urban areas by improving walkability in city infrastructure, according to the current living conditions, where people live and go to work,” said Zhao Shuyuan, product director at Wuyu. “We started the project to try out transforming a flatgable into a walk-able bridge in order to improve the mobility in city areas,” she said.The company already has another pedestrian bridge in Beijing, which they say offers even better routes between high-rise buildings.The idea behind the bridge is not new. San Francisco has city parks scattered across a grid of semi-structured walkways, called scattered parks.Manchester even runs a public walking programme. These and similar urban street configurations with walkable sidewalks have been popular with commuters for years.

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