How can we adopt a cyclical and adaptive planning process for achieving efficient, connected, smart and resilient urban system?
The concept of smart, resilient and adaptive cities blends the steps of the traditional planning process that previously followed a rigorous and lengthy sequence of events – planning, design, implementation, operation, testing, and validation – and creates an interdisciplinary process that generates iterative and cyclical systems of data extraction and adaptation in real time
We, as transport planners, need to implement a system that is able to adapt to everchanging challenges, conditions and needs to ensure that our cities and developments and time proofed and resistant. The creation of resilient cities through a smart and seamlessly connected mobility network and point solutions has the ability to optimize infrastructure, connect remote and distant areas, promote ‘sub-urbanism’ and transform the city into a responsive platform that adapts to different functions, habits, and demographic constituencies.
We, as transport planners, need to implement a system that is able to adapt to everchanging challenges, conditions and needs to ensure that our cities and developments and time proofed and resistant.
What is the role of Transportation Planning in Development Master Planning in Brownfield Regeneration and New Town planning?
Accessibility and transport are crucial factors to unlock the potential of any urban development; the possibility to arrive and move around easily, conveniently and efficiently is vital for the success of any project. A well-conceived, sustainable and integrated mobility strategy will ensure the provision of adequate network capacity and functionality to matching future mobility needs as well as creating high quality urban environments, by paying due regard to cityscape and streetscape elements.
Land use distribution and layout, road reconfiguration, public transport accessibility, effectiveness and functionality of access and parking strategy, servicing and delivery strategy, pedestrian environment quality, internal mobility, green links, open spaces and connectivity with key surrounding sites represent fundamental components for the success of new development projects. Development Transportation Plans are also supported by advanced multi modal macroscopic and microscopic traffic modelling for assessing the project impacts and the effectiveness of transport solutions and thus identify possible mitigation measures for all transport modes.
Can technology turn into a tool to increase the efficiency, multimodality and sustainability of transport network?
Intelligent mobility planning requires an innovative, well-rounded and multi-modal approach, in order to address both regional and local scales. Technological advancements allow for developing cognitive mobility systems aimed to optimize private traffic management schemes and public transport systems, establish efficient mobility sharing schemes, offer on-demand services, and regulate parking.
Modern transport systems are based on a comprehensive provision of intelligent mobility infrastructure, coupled with a large array of smart, green mobility services. This results in an increasingly shared approach to transportation with positive outcomes in the form of less traffic, improved environmental quality, and new business opportunities. Planning intelligent systems is also charged with providing time-proof technologies that are responsive and adaptive to possible disruptions and evolutions: like the driverless revolution, for instance, that will continue to pose questions regarding our toolkit and engineering principles.
How much adequately designed walkable networks contribute to the livability qualities of a Master Plan?
Walking is undoubtedly the most sustainable and convenient mode of transport for short distance trips at the urban scale and within mixed-use development master plans. A sound and reliable transport planning strategy considers pedestrians as the most important urban actors that will define the multi-fold pattern of mobility flows. Planning walkable cities and districts is a key for their success. The density of any development together with its mixed-use nature is complemented and completed by a walkable network that connects the different parts through a well-design and integrated public realm. Walkable neighborhoods are safe, healthy and eco-friendly places to live, work and play in. The value generated from walking people in a city or a neighborhood has proven success to on-street retail units, through activating the ground floor, providing vibrant places and mostly reduce usage of motorized modes of transportation for short trips.