Posts tagged transportation

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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; […]

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 […]

Private mobility is not going away any time soon

    On the 25th of February 2011, MIC took part in the first edition of the Qatar Motor Show in Doha. “Being a speaker at the conference was a very interesting experience, it allowed us to look at the car industry from the manufacturers’ perspective. It is clear from talking to automotive industry representatives […]