Archive for urban development

Learning from Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco

I recently came back from a study trip in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco. I visited these cities because they are all dealing with challenges that are top on the list in New Zealand as in many other places – accommodating growth through intensification,…

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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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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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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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