Tracking a Haitian cholera outbreak, she describes how a lack of street addresses can be a matter of life or death. She points out that “about 70 percent of the world is insufficiently mapped, including many cities with more than a million people.” Adding that these are usually the planet’s poorest places, she quotes a Brazilian scientist who studied snake venom and observed, “Where there are snakes, there are no statistics; and where there are statistics, there are no snakes.”
The cement industry produces more CO2 emissions than most countries. It may not survive. Investors worried about climate change are warning the world's biggest cement producers to reduce their emissions or face extinction.
When Seiichi Miyake found out a close friend was losing the ability to see clearly, he wanted to help. That desire led to an entirely new way for the visually impaired to navigate big cities, railways and parks. In America, we call the tactile warning and guidance system Miyake invented "truncated domes."
U.S. Access Board Webinar: Accessible Sidewalks, Shared Use Paths, and Street Crossings. Presenters will discuss common access issues and solutions and review proposed requirements for sidewalks and street crossings, curb ramps and blended transitions, and detectable warnings (truncated domes).