Posts tagged infrastructure

Moscow Stories episode 1: the White City Project Exhibition

  This is the first episode of a series of 4 of our Moscow stories. We have been in fact recently involved in four projects that we think it’s particularly worth sharing, since they introduce a new way of doing things, looking at transport planning as a fields that treats all the different modes holistically. In addition to […]

A Monster in the City

by Federico Parolotto and Francesca Arcuri       It is 7 a.m. on an August morning. An empty Milan wakes up to the sound of chainsaws which in Piazza Maggi, to the south of the city, begin cutting down the trees that have populated the area for over thirty years. The plan entails the […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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; […]

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