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Transit interfaces: where is the pleasure?

Transit interfaces: where is the pleasure?

Crossrail will be an important game-changer for London’s transit flows and a key asset for many decades to come, establishing direct connections for number of important links and providing services through 10 urban stations. Images of these stations have been published and give the feeling…

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Would you like your free comfort / safety / public space extra?

Would you like your free comfort / safety / public space extra?

On Sunday I had a nice walk through Hackney, enjoying the sun and some really nice and pleasant urban surroundings. But I had in mind the collisions and fatalities I had read about (4.092 collisions in the five years to December 2012 resulting in 623…

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Le futur selon BMW

Le futur selon BMW

BMW fête ses 100 ans et montre sa vision pour les 100 prochaines, qui a été relayée avec pas mal d’enthousiasme par les médias technophiles. L’entreprise a travaillé sur un scénario attractif (“a scenario people would engage with”), avec comme idée de base que le…

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Self-driving cars, ethics and road safety

The self-driving cars programming needs to anticipate “all” the cases of figure, or most of them, including those we would prefer not thinking of. For instance: on the highway, having to decide between colliding with a wrecked vehicle, with possibly someone inside, or its passengers…

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Reopening of the Buenos Aires – Cordoba railway line

It is again possible to travel by train between the two cities. With class, and some enthousiasm too: the trip takes 21 hours, against 9 to 11 by bus (and approximately 7 by car). With class, as the brand new trains offer sleeping compatrments and…

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Buenos Aires’s traffic addiction: some possible explanations

I have been living in Buenos Aires for 4 months now, and trying to figure out how the city worked, from the transportation point of view (among others!). I won’t pretend that I achieved that, of course, but observing and reading local researchers’ papers brought…

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60 years of car-influenced street design, in the Midwest

Oklahoma University’s Institute for Quality Comunities has carried out a striking before / after analysis of the street design evolution for some cities of the Amerian Midwest, and showed the tremendous impact of the car on the planning. In the interactive examples, the change in…

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Pedestrian infrastructure redesign for the Roca / Perú intersection, Buenos Aires

A few years ago, Buenos Aires began a program of pedestrian infrastructure improvement. Pedestrian priority is being implemented in the very central area (microcentro) – pedestrianisations, 10 km/h limitations, intersection redesigns through “New York type” measures: paint, posts and urban furniture, expanding the pedestrian’s domain…

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Use the street

Use the street

Seen in Buenos Aires: an alternative cultural center organizes a film projection in the street, the wall being used as a screen and the spectators seated on a lane, without any sign of problem or protest. The action is even more interesting as the shown…

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Plan directeur de Sao Paulo

Plan directeur de Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo partait de loin, en termes d’aménagement du territoire. Ghettoïsation extrême dans les favelas, où vivent 1.3 millions de personnes et risques: plus de 800 incendies entre 2005 et 2012, peu d’intervention des systèmes de secours, des dommages gigantesques. Le sujet devient un thème…

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