"Public space is not a space for commerce as the first objective, but for people"

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"Public space is not a space for commerce as the first objective, but for people"

10/07/2017
Arrecife
Diario de Lanzarote

He is a biologist, psychologist and environmental engineer. He has designed mobility plans for cities such as Vitoria, Quito, Buenos Aires or Barcelona, where he is the promoter of superblocks, urban cells where traffic is restricted to the outer streets.

 

_ Can superblocks be applied to cities smaller and more irregular than Barcelona?

_ Yes, because it is designed for all kinds of places. The superblock is the urbanization of the car, it is the cell that takes a similar time to go around by car than on foot. That is the key element. Reduced turns and better coordination of traffic lights allows you to deploy a superblock network in urban areas. Where it does not make sense is in the suburb, in places of low density because there are only housing, there is no public space or life, the street only serves to arrive with the car. Where there is a city, it is convenient to implement it, agreed with the neighbors in participation processes. The problem is that the media have been the receivers of money of the automotive sector and that has its effect. We have been transferred the idea of status, freedom, autonomy, at the cost of many dysfunctions that are not said. You are in a collapsed city and the TV shows a car in the middle of nature ...

 

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