Lesson 2 Land use, transportation and mapping

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Mapping and knowing what to build moving up vertically from the map into the three-dimensional structure of cities of interlinked activities for pedestrians is one of the chief skills of ecocity theory and practice. The transportation and energy systems are intimately connected with the layout and architecture. Some modes are surprising, like giant kites to help pull large ship when the wind is blowing from generally stern. Mapping and photography from airplanes and satellites helps visualizing what needs to be built in patterns like “fruit on sticks” from China and “finger of development” from Copenhagen, Denmark illustrate alternatives to sprawl.

General slide sequence by topics:

  • Basic difference between sprawl and compact/diverse pedestrian infrastructure
  • Nasty sprawl examples
  • Zoom in on a rural pattern from outer space to pattern of development in rural area of northern India
  • Rural land use pattern in Germany from airplane: natural, farming, and small town
  • Illustrations of scatterization and compactness
  • Good examples from Curitiba, Brazil
  • Solar and wind in more detail
  • Sail transport
  • Bicycles and transport around the world
  • High-speed rail in China, fantasy and nostalgias rail in the US
  • Transition patterns from overall sprawl to compact centers-oriented development patterns
  • The “ecotropolis” idea
  • Bridges for animals over highways for movement, migration and for plants, continuity of habitat
  • Ecocity mapping in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Ecocity mapping in New York City
  • Map of energy and pollution use and production as a function of urban compactness (healthy) or spread (dysfunctional and dangerous)
  • Problems with cars and trucks
  • Sex for sales (as compared to sex for sale)
  • “The better car makes the worse city”
  • First car death: Mary Ward of Ireland, 1869, a remarkable scientist – Queen Victoria and Mary were the only women in the premier British science society of their day
  • Retro car world – the craziness of cars
  • The vegetable garden car
  • Car-free island cities: ancient Mexico City and Venice
  • Don’t worry car companies and associated workers: transition to streetcars and estra small cars called carts is a high employment strategy
  • Carts and tiny cars pictured
  • Car transitions, not transmission
  • Car popularity fading
  • Streets for people
  • Dreary tunnels for cars
  • Future basic layout patterns: Oakland, Chongqing, Kathmandu valley and imagined
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