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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 […]

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 […]

A Chinese Faustian bargain

by Federico Parolotto The presence of the car in cities is very often the result of Faustian bargain, as described by John Whitelegg in his book “Critical Mass: Transport, environment and society in the 21st century”. (1) The Faustian bargain is one in which the soul of the city is given up to private mobility; […]

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, […]