Institut der Stadtbaukunst – Ein Forum für Architektur und Städtebau Calthorpe Analytics Homepage Transforming Urban Transport Program Director: Diane Davis 2013-2016 Sponsors: Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) Harvard University's Graduate School of Design is hosting "Transforming Urban Transport—The Role of Political Leadership," a research project sponsored by Volvo's Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) and led by GSD Professor Diane Davis. This project seeks to advance our knowledge of how, when, and where political leadership has been critical to the successful implementation of path-breaking transportation policies. It will do so through case study research of 8-10 cities where political leadership has been central to the adoption and implementation of significant, transformative, and innovative transportation policies in their locales. For more information, please visit the Transforming Urban Transport website.
Home || Smart Growth Online How to Build a Village by Claude Lewenz Many of us have these secret dreams. Dreams that don’t fit into our current experience but we can’t get them out of our hearts. Dreams of a life without alienation. Where we live close to our relatives but not in their laps. For many years I’ve been praying for village life. We moved to Byron Bay to try to capture some sense of village. Enter stage left, Claude Lewenz. Born of 16 years researching, brainstorming with friends and colleagues, experimenting and finally living his dream, Claude Lewenz’s book, “How to Build a Village”, answers our prayers. Where did Claude Lewenz get all these wonderful ideas? I grew up in a supportive neighbourhood where not only did no one lock their doors, but after school I could walk into a neighbour’s home and visit… no knocking, just a welcome. Was there a moment you realised you must be part of changing the way we live together to save our world? For me, saving the world is not real, because it is a derivative experience. Economically viable.
ISUF - International Seminar on Urban Form Superblocks to the rescue: Barcelona’s plan to give streets back to residents | Cities In the latest attempt from a big city to move away from car hegemony, Barcelona has ambitious plans. Currently faced with excessive pollution and noise levels, the city has come up with a new mobility plan to reduce traffic by 21%. And it comes with something extra: freeing up nearly 60% of streets currently used by cars to turn them into so-called “citizen spaces”. The plan is based around the idea of superilles (superblocks) – mini neighbourhoods around which traffic will flow, and in which spaces will be repurposed to “fill our city with life”, as its tagline says. This plan will start in the famous gridded neighbourhood of Eixample. According to several studies, air pollution alone causes 3,500 premature deaths a year in Barcelona’s metropolitan area (with a population of 3.2 million), as well as having severe effects on local ecosystems and agriculture. In Eixample, a superblock will consist of nine existing blocks of the grid.
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