The success of the cable car in Latin America

The Economist published today another article about the success of the cable car in Latin America where they explain that the following factors are key for its success: Landscape of the cities (hilly) Fast construction time (the mayors can cut the ribbons within their legislative) Little displacement of people Positive development effects in the respective … Continue reading The success of the cable car in Latin America

Cities that never have been built – sometimes for the better

Every time I visit Paris I am positively surprised that even though the city center has undergone countless transformations over time, it still kept its human scale. In the past, many architects and city planners have, as for most other cities or urban developments, proposed radical changes to Paris. From brutalist architecture to garden cities … Continue reading Cities that never have been built – sometimes for the better

The effects of natural disasters on urban sprawl

Since all stakeholders seek the utmost flexibility when planning a town, it is not surprising that government regulations are perceived as blockage for innovation and development. However, the recent - and ongoing - events in Texas demonstrate once more the value of forward looking government regulations to limit loss of life, economic and environmental exposure. … Continue reading The effects of natural disasters on urban sprawl

Spacial limits of alternative transport systems in urban areas

CityMetric pointed in a recent article on Elon Musk's vision for autonomous driving towards an interesting point regarding spacial limits: Musk's vision that everybody will not be moving anymore with public transport but with autonomous cars that offer point-to-point travel is somewhat flawed. The limits are or geometrical nature due to the limit in capacity … Continue reading Spacial limits of alternative transport systems in urban areas

Why the automated car will change the way we communicate on our daily basis

With the vast proliferation of the mobile phone, starting in the 2000s we have gained access to increasing access to communication tool for consumption of information as well as interactions. In 2015, the average American spent over 15’000 minutes per year in commute, mostly by car. With the autonomous vehicle, this time will experience a … Continue reading Why the automated car will change the way we communicate on our daily basis