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Sign up for our morning news, opinion and markets data round up from the FT and around the web. We have two emails per day - London and New York morning espresso (sent at approx 6am and 11am GMT). Pretty much everything you need to know about beyondbrics is in our About this site page. But briefly: To comment, please register for free with and read our policy on submitting comments. There is an overall beyondbrics RSS feed, as well as feeds for all our countries, tags and authors. All posts are published in UK time. Get in touch with us - your comments, advice and even complaints. See the full list of FT blogs.,_Tetsu_Kubota.pdf.,_Tetsu_Kubota.pdf. Low Cost Housing Solutions. Arturo Soria and the Linear City. Arturo Soria and the Linear City "The key factor in urban living is not distance but travel time.

Arturo Soria and the Linear City

" The Linear City", Arturo Soria September 30th and October 7th, 2002 - In contrast to Ebenezer Howard and the Garden City Movement where large cities are considered to be the antithesis of good city planning, Arturo Soria (1892) believed that large cities well in excess of one million residents could be built to provide a decent quality of life.

A key building block to the construction of such large cities was the development of fast mass transit systems capable of transporting passengers across vast distances that not only separated neighborhoods within a city but indeed, between cities themselves. When Soria proposed this type of development, the fast moving trolleys of the late 19th Century maintained speeds of about 30 kms per hour, resulting in Linear Cities of less than 30 kms in length. The Interactive Megalopolis replicates the very design principles established by Arturo Soria. The linear city project by Gilles Gauthier - A solution to urban development. The idea of the Linear City results from ten years of study and a close look will make you realize that it brings several solutions to the ecological and sociological problems of our times.

The linear city project by Gilles Gauthier - A solution to urban development

Moreover, the Linear City aims at increasing the quality of life by bringing the country-side to the city and it does so through a realistic and affordable transition. The world is currently faced with the fact that billions of people need a place to live on a limited planet governed by ecological laws. The way cities are built goes back to the beginning of civilization. Even though they evolved to adapt themselves to new needs, the principle stayed the same: to provide means of transportation and a network to link different locations (home, workplaces, services, etc.). This has lead to huge noisy and polluted cities often not very aesthetic. It is not possible to house billions of people in this way without running into serious ecological problems. Contact gilles gauthier architect.

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