The Pearls of Urban Design
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Copyrights/ Originally published: TEDx Talks YouTube Channel (Mar 26, 2019).
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Circular: PLANNING CERTIFICATION OF SURVEY PLANS
The ITPSL has issued a circular to all its members regarding the planning certification for the Land Subdivision, Amalgamation etc. Please follow the link to access the details.
Pathikada Sirasa TV: Plnr Piyal Silva, Plnr. Indu Weerasoori (March 26, 2019)
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Higher Diploma in Urban Planning (Part II Examination)
The inaugural session of the Higher Diploma in Urban Planning was held on March 16, 2019 at Construction Equipment Training Centre (CETRAC), Pelawatta.
ITPSL Annual Sessions 2019
Colombo’s Future: Emerging Morphology of the Commercial Capital
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Barcelona’s superblocks are a new model for “post-car” urban living
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The most exciting question raised by the superblocks project is not how to push cars out of an area, but what happens next — what becomes of the newly liberated space, and what might become of a whole network of such spaces. It is in contemplating this question that the true depth of urban visionary Salvador Rueda’s ambition becomes clear.
Rueda’s plan for Barcelona, now adopted by the city, is based on design principles and metrics he shares in his “charter for the ecosystemic planning of cities and metropolises” and his book Ecological Urbanism. It is the contemporary analogue of Ildefons Cerdà’s plan for the city in the 19th century (see my piece: “Barcelona’s remarkable history of rebirth and transformation”), reflecting the same holistic perspective and humanistic goals, as well as similar morphology and geometry. It is, one might say, Cerdà on steroids. Supercerdà.
Its true nature will only become clear when there are more superblocks in place — when they begin to constitute a network, and exhibit network effects — but suffice to say, the plan involves much more than reducing traffic.
Rueda is ultimately driven by the same contrasting imperatives that drove Cerdà: to capture, for all citizens, the benefits of rural living (quiet, clean air and water, green and garden spaces, tight-knit community) alongside the benefits of urban living (efficient distribution of people and goods, mixing of diverse communities, economic and intellectual ferment).
Add to those considerations the looming threat of global warming, which will exacerbate Barcelona’s water and urban heat island problems. Climate change increases the need for resilience, for communities of tractable size that are at least partially self-sufficient in food, water, and energy.
“We need to prepare our cities, very quickly,” Rueda says, “because I think after five, six decades, the world will be a disaster. The movement of people will be very huge.”
Tight-knit community requires density, and it is simply impossible to have enough people, living close enough to one another, with shared public spaces and humane levels of noise and pollution ... and cars passing through. That is where the reorganization of the city must begin.
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