Towards More Livable Streets. New Technologies and Sustainable Mobility.

mayorga+fontana

In favor of a more flexible and strategic urbanism that makes democratic use of new technologies, to be more informed to make better decisions for a sustainable city.

The street as a strip of neighborhoods. Cross-cutting urban strategy.

New technologies are rapidly transforming our society and, although we may not perceive it as much, our cities and how we move around them. Many of the approaches, methods, tools and technologies for urban analysis, and public communication used by private companies surpass the ones used by public administrations. There are, for example, open-access digital platforms that generate interactive city maps using multicriteria urban analysis, that work like on-line real estate agencies with an international scope (Walk Score). Yet the planning and management of cities still follow strictly formal, functionalist approaches from compartmentalized disciplinary areas: architectural projects are entrusted to intuition and design principles; the street as an infrastructure and urban networks are planned as a tubular network of without understanding their synergies; and urban planning is based on zoning that is static over time and generalized in its definitions. We need to introduce interdisciplinary working methods and take advantage of new technologies in the design and planning of the street-space and neighborhoods, in order to improve mobility and urban habitability.

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