Category Archives: Photo and Film

Need an SUV for the Family?

Need an SUV? Get Real. Get a Bike. (photo: Suhee Kang | Sociecity)

Need an SUV? Get Real. Get a Bike. (photo: Suhee Kang | Sociecity)

Outside of the ultra-density urban hubs, bike use in Japan is surprisingly high. It’s not uncommon to see a mother toting groceries and two children around on her bicycle without breaking a sweat. But then, these cities also have robust bicycle infrastructure, bike parking garages, bike valet, and all of the accommodations you’d usually only see afforded to cars and SUVs. This kind of infrastructure allows people to make a healthy choice, and to opt out of buying a car altogether.

…with bikes and pedestrians relegated to busy car-dominated roadsides, we end up sacrificing our health and safety for convenience.

It’s time to re think our transportation infrastructure and what that infrastructure is serving. In many cases you can’t truly answer that a solely car-based infrastructure is serving the good of the general public. Is it serving our convenience? Perhaps. But with bikes and pedestrians relegated to busy car-dominated roadsides, we end up sacrificing our health and safety for convenience.

The world needs not only to rethink the role of the vehicle, but to get to work on infrastructure for bicycles and pedestrians so that this scene is a common and safe one for all of us.

This photo was captured in Takamatsu, Japan by our Asia section editor, Suhee Kang.

 

The Green Side of Art and Design

A Sociecity Film Production by Patrick Lydon and Suhee Kang

Professor Hoseob Yoon at his studio in South Korea (photo: Suhee Kang | sociecity)

Professor Hoseob Yoon at his studio in South Korea (photo: Suhee Kang | sociecity)

Since the 1980’s, Hoseob Yoon (윤호섭) has been one of South Korea’s most productive creative minds, having worked with Citibank, Pepsi and others to design their Korean brand images, and serving on the design committee for the 1988 Olympics Games.

In 1991, he had an experience which prompted him to make an about-face in his design and life philosophy, shortly after which he began building the “Green Design” course of study at Kookmin University.

Today Yoon spends his weeks working with students, and his Sundays at the Insadong neighborhood in Seoul, South Korea, where he spreads a message of ecological responsibility through a unique — and down-to-earth as it is — brand of street art.

Visit Hoseob Yoon: www.greencanvas.com
Visit Kookmin University: Kookmin Green Design