On the 18th of May 13 people gathered
at the SAWCHU building.
As a continuation of our previous
discussion on 'mobility', Piero tonight presented the city-plan
of Hook, projected onto the south of London with a
population of one hundred thousand. The plan was made in the
sixties but due to a change of government the city has never
It was a useful exercise to look at
the planning solutions for mobility, housing densities, shops
and light industries in neighborhoods of about 7000 residents.
In particular we noted:
how pedestrian streets and
motorised roads were kept apart with only cul-de-sac roads
for motor traffic in the residential areas,
how schools and services were
located not more than ten minutes walk from the door step,
with a distance of about 800 mtr from the peripheral roads
to the town centre. ( Equivalent to the distance in AV
between the inner and the outer ring roads).
that high priority was given to
children and youth by neighborhoods being characterised by
the evenly spread-out of schools, youth clubs, sports
grounds, kindergarten, playgrounds and health centres.
that the extensive system of
pedestrian streets uniting in the spine of the city centre
made a good example of permeability and accessibility for
people of all ages to move about in a safe manner.
however artificial it seemed, the
subterranean traffic system through the city centre
indicated a further effort to keep traffic off the streets
also in the downtown area.
At the coming session, Lalit will
present the plan of Mayapore in Bengal.