Archive for Infrastructure and the city

The future of transport and cities

      THE CITY OF TODAY   The city and the car The car is undoubtedly still the superstar of capitalist cities; with solid growth in personal income all societies have witnessed a steep growth in car ownership. The arrival of the car swept aside public transit on the West Coast of the United […]

Sustainable New York [?]

by Federico Cassani 5.00 PM rain – Van Wyck Expressway (somewhere near Brianwood)   1.0 Intro The idea at the beginning of my trip to NYC was to describe and analyze couple of examples of how the city approach to sustainability and pedestrian friendly environment progressed in the last few years. This first idea started […]

Sottsass and Piazzale Loreto

by Federico Parolotto Piazzale Loreto has been significant for Italian history since the tragic events of World War II, as discussed in an earlier post. Today, there are no traces of these tragic events apart from a sculpture by Giannino Castiglioni (father to Achille Castiglioni).  This sculpture, coherently with the alienating nature of Piazzale Loreto, is […]

Porta Romana | Piazza Medaglie D’Oro

by Federico Parolotto Porta Romana was the gateway between Corso di Porta Romana, leading to the city centre, and the road connecting Milan to Rome. The gate was built in the Spanish city walls in the 16th century, and served as a monumental access to the city until – as was the case in several […]

Moscow’s mobility: there is no space left to walk…

by Federico Parolotto   The road It is definitely instructive to take a taxi from Shermenevo airport towards Moscow’s city centre – Moscow’s radial network is planned to allow fast travel towards the urbanized area. A sequence of split level junctions and run down overhead walkways characterize the stretch of the Leningradskoye Shosse road. Along […]

From 4 to 12: a biography of Thika road

by Federico Parolotto     Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, is a fascinating city that has uncharacteristically grown to a population of approximately 4.5 million without having a ring road (although this will not be the situation for long). Any movement from one side of the city to the other requires transit through its very heart. Typically, […]

Milan and the invisible space revolution: how to change cities by reconfiguring mobility flows

by Federico Parolotto     The legacy of the mono-functional approach to the road network The common element of cities around the world (with a few rare exceptions) is the car: its ubiquity is the true unifying element of distant and disparate urban settlements . Private transport in Europe continuously grew since the 60s to […]

A case study | Piazzale Loreto in Milan, a space for new urban strategies

by Federico Parolotto     Today  Piazzale Loreto is  a major traffic junction.Tthe central space is totally inaccessible to pedestrians, it is now virtually a no man’s land . Piazzale Loreto was the site of one of the most painful events in the recent Italian history: on April the 10th 1944 it witnessed the execution […]

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