Posts tagged urban quality

Redistributing Urban Space

by Federico Parolotto and Francesca Arcuri first published as Ridistribuire lo spazio urbano, in “Architettura del Paesaggio” – Rivista di Aiapp, Edifir, n° 31 semestrale 2/2015, (pp 22-23)     The topic of space redistribution in urban planning touches upon many of the disciplines that govern planning processes. In the cities of the western world, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]