Digital management of supply and demand: San Francisco Park

by Federico Parolotto and Francesco Maria Cerroni The dawn of digital and wireless communication over the last 15 years has spawned a number of radically different scenarios for the future, some of which let some experts to predict a decrease in personal mobility by imagining that the potential for remote interaction would reduce the need […]

Paul Mees interview

Paul Mees began his career as a lawyer, later becoming an academic. He has a BA and LLB (Hons) and qualified as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria. Mees’s work is largely concerned with the planning of public transport in cities. He is a strong advocate of public transport, but less […]

A dialogue with Federico Parolotto

  Interview by Nicola Leonardi from The Plan 063 – 12/2012 In a metropolitan context, architecture, town planning and mobility can be considered as inextricably linked. What development directions are the plans for future cities and metropolitan areas taking?   You have to make a distinction between the cities of mature Western economies and those in […]

Christophe Loir interview

Christophe Loir is historian and historian of art, Professor of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He works on cultural studies in the 18th and 19th centuries, especially the history of the urban circulation : the “promenade” (Christophe LOIR & Laurent TURCOT (éds), La promenade aux 18e et 19e siècles, Belgique/Europe, Brussels, Editions de l’Université, […]

Carlo Ratti Interview

Carlo Ratti of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) SENSEable City Lab explains why cities keep on growing and how technology is changing our life in terms of mobility and access to real-time information. The increasing deployment of sensors and hand-held electronics in recent years is allowing a new approach to the study of the […]

Connect ideas – Maximize impact, Federico Parolotto talk

Transsolar symposium Stuttgard, June 2012   On the occasion of its 20th anniversary Transsolar has organized a symposium in Stuttgart on June 2012 to reflect on the reality that the high comfort, low impact built environments have limited impact in creating a high comfort, low impact world. Planners, company partners and thought leaders were invited […]

Metropolis without density

  MWD – Metropolis without density – The Veneto Case Tutors: Freek Persyn (51N4E) Ambra Fabi Giovanni Piovene (Salottobuono)   Student:  Vitor Pessoa Colombo Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio – Spring Semester 2012       On mobility : Inhabitants, landscape and civitas In a place where the personal automobile colonises the public spaces ( Hard mobility infrastructures ) and […]

The Corners

  MWD – Metropolis without density – The Veneto Case Tutors: Freek Persyn (51N4E) Ambra Fabi Giovanni Piovene (Salottobuono)   Student:  Tommaso Facchini Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio – Spring Semester 2012         Designing a common space on the roman grid intersections The shape of infrastructure in this part of Veneto region is […]

A New Direction for Transport Planning

  by Federico Parolotto and Francesca Arcuri   Realities of Today The Car and the City The impact of private vehicles on the urban fabric is undoubtedly a well-known issue. The space that through the years has been dedicated to the car has often modeled the new form of growing settlements or profoundly affected historic […]

Andrea Branzi Interview

  In January 2012 we had the opportunity to meet in his Milan office the father of radical design Andrea Branzi. A constant feature of Andrea Branzi’s activity is the theoretic reflection about the changes within the design culture, and about the relations between this one and the socio-technologic context. An author of many books […]