The salient engineering solutions to city and transport problems have long existed and continue to be effective in cities worldwide. Said differently, the physical rebuilding of American cities for the age of livability raises more challenging political questions than it does technical ones.
This series documents observations in Holland, Paris, Die (France), Madrid, Tokyo, Nakano, and Shanghai in May 2013. The experience ranged from rampant pedestrianism, to rural and urban cycle paths, trams, highways, high-speed trains and Maglev – even American-style “suburban sprawl”.
By seeing what already works (and doesn’t) in other places, we collect known solutions to problems that all cites inherently share. With such knowledge the Rust Belt can benefit – as we consider our surroundings – from the experience of others.
Following this intro post, I will highlight a sample of transport civil works in Europe and Japan, with the object of promoting literacy in different approaches to infrastructure planning and design. The aim is to encourage an informed public to work out the politics.
Until then, enjoy as an appetizer: one photo from each country…