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Transformar/no solo soñar, la ciudad. Transform/not just dream, the city.

Mucho se ha hablado sobre cómo queremos la ciudad y qué hacer para transformarla, lamentablemente nada o casi nada se ha hecho.

En las siguientes imágenes muestro, primero una intersección en la avenida más grande de la ciudad y una de las más importantes. En su situación actual el modelo norteamericano, texano dirían personas del sur de México. Grandes lotes comerciales, por no decir gigantes, rodeados por estacionamientos y grandes avenidas imposibles de cruzar de cualquier manera que no sea en automóvil.

Se nos ha vendido la idea de que eso es una ciudad, un lugar donde no habitan personas sino máquinas, y tristemente los automóviles aportan muy poco a nuestra productividad, son usados un 20% de nuestro tiempo a lo máximo, y en desproporcionadamente la mayoría de los casos son un gasto y no una inversión para las personas. ¿Entonces porqué seguimos haciendo ciudades para automóviles?

La propuesta es sencilla, se encuentra en las calles Av. de las Torres y Blvd. Zaragoza en Cd. Juárez Chih. Es aprovechar una calle que actualmente tiene una sección de 100m, quitársela a los autos y devolverla a las personas. Mejorar enormemente el transporte público para que la necesidad de automóviles sea reducida, aumentar la oferta de infraestructura a otras formas de movilidad como son la peatonal y ciclista. 

Mandar a los autos debajo de la calle, nada tienen que andar haciendo en el espacio de las personas, prefieren hacer puentes peatonales porque “son mas baratos” nada más alejado de la verdad, no saben lo que nos cuestan esas estructuras. Algo muy importante es el hecho que los carriles subterráneos son HOV (High Ocupancy Vehicles por sus siglas en inglés), lo cual, solo autos con 2 o más ocupantes tienen derecho de usar, además que solo son autos y no transporte de carga.

Y por ultimo, crear ciudad, regresar a las personas a ser el centro de atención, densificar las zonas habitacionales enormemente, acercar los comercios a las viviendas, y estas a su vez a los trabajos.

Actualmente este tipo de propuestas tiene un solo problema, la falta de visión, de imaginación, de sentido común de las personas que dirigen las compañías constructoras especuladoras, principalmente las de vivienda, Ruba, Altta, Urbi, Brassa, nombren la que sea. Y a su vez los concesionarios de transporte, una mafia de una ciudad pequeña y abatida, pero claro que su poco interés, su poca educación solo los lleva a pensar que pueden hacer dinero explotando un servicio ineficiente en una ciudad como esta, y que gran negocio para los líderes es actualmente (a expensas de la gente común).

Necesitamos que personas de verdad comprometidas generen propuestas válidas en pro del desarrollo de la ciudad, y no visiones cerradas y poco éticas como las de estos empresarios, ni tampoco la visión no de crítica sino solo de criticar de la Academia, que poco ha aportado de manera propositiva, ahora si que para ellos aplica el dicho mucho ruido pocas nueces. Ojalá que su visión de solo estar criticando todo lo que se presenta y creerse amos y señores del universo fuera más modesta y si fueran a ser aguerridos como lo son en sus críticas que lo fueran con una o dos propuestas en mano, y no solo perseguir los puntitos para pertenecer al SNI.

Espero con ansias el día que Cd. Juárez honre a su nombre y se convierta de verdad en una ciudad, y deje de ser un rancho urbanizado (sin ofender a los ranchos que me encantan).

Much has been talked about how we want the city and what to do to transform it, unfortunately nothing or almost nothing has been done to achieve this.

In the following images I show, first an intersection on the largest avenue in the city and one of the most important. In their current situation, the “North American Model”, Texan people from southern Mexico would say. Large commercial lots, not to say giants, surrounded by parking lots and large avenues impossible to cross in any way other than by car.

We have been sold the idea that this is a city, a place where people do not live but machines, and sadly the cars contribute very little to our productivity, are used 20% of our time tops, and disproportionately the majority of cases are an expense and not an investment for people. So why do we keep making cities for cars?

The proposal is simple, it is located in Av. De las Torres and Blvd. Zaragoza in Cd. Juárez Chih. It is to take a street that currently has a section of 100m, take it from the cars and return it to people. To greatly improve public transport so that the need for cars is reduced, increase the supply of infrastructure to other forms of mobility such as pedestrians and cyclists.

Send the cars under the street, they have nothing to do in the space of people, they prefer to make pedestrian bridges because “they are cheaper” nothing further from the truth, they do not know what those structures cost us. Something very important is the fact that the underground lanes are HOV (High Occupancy Vehicles), in which only cars with 2 or more occupants have the right to use, besides that they are only cars and not cargo transport.

And finally, create a city, return people to be the center of attention, densify housing areas enormously, bring businesses to homes, and these in turn to work.

Currently this type of proposal has only one problem, the lack of vision, imagination, common sense of the people who run the speculative construction companies, mainly those of housing, Ruba, Altta, Urbi, Brassa, you name it. And at the same time the transport concessionaires, a mafia from a small and dejected city, but of course their little interest, their little education only leads them to think that they can make money exploiting an inefficient service in a city like this, and what a business for its leaders it is currently (at the expense of the common folk).

We need that truly committed people generate valid proposals for the development of the city, and not closed and unethical visions like these entrepreneurs, nor the vision not of criticism but only of criticizing from the Academy, which has contributed little in a propositive way, now if for them it applies the saying all bark and no bite. Hopefully their vision of only criticizing everything that is presented and to believe themselves masters of the universe were more modest and if only they were to push forward as they are in their criticism, with one or two proposals in hand, and not just being interested in pursuing the little [academy] points to belong to the SNI [academy gratifications].

I look forward to the day that Cd. Juárez honors its name and truly becomes a city, and stops being an urbanized ranch (no offense to ranchs which I really enjoy).

Landscape architecture and designing for the changing demography

I began my travels with some questions: How can landscape architects design for age-friendly environments? How can we become more aware of the needs of of ageing societies? How can we promote the use of public space for all generations? 

Since returning and processing the experience I am particularly buoyed by the significant role landscape architecture and urban design play in creating an age-friendly city. No city has yet achieved full age friendliness (Toyama is almost there) but the sheer range of projects and initiatives being implemented provide a strong framework for the future.

As landscape architects we need to champion the role public space has in creating health equity. From the examples I’ve visited in Sweden and Japan I believe the profession has a crucial role in shifting the design for ageing debate from a focus on end of life care to providing people with the space and opportunity to age healthily regardless of social position. We are already designing these spaces but we need to be more confident to make our voices heard in the discussions regarding ageing. Here’s to Landscapes for Healthy Ageing!

Hands-On Urban Design: A New Community Engagement Method w/ James Rojas _ CMU School of Architecture, Pittsburgh

Los Angeles buddy James was in town to help the city kick off its Comprehensive Plan. Before that, he conducted one of his community engagements workshops at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture.  He told us to to build our first happy memory, and build our ideal Pittsburgh.  No one built parking lots or garages.

Children in the City

It is my passionate belief that to include children into everyday society helps take enormous pressure off parents. I’m inspired by Gil Penalosa’s vision of improving cities for children which helps to “create more vibrant, healthy and equitable communities.” (880Cities.org)

This project incorporates safety, movement, education and joy to promote the inclusiveness of children in the CBD.

Using the slope of the street, a boardwalk that starts with a wave ramp guides people into Fort Lane. Vehicles are removed for pedestrian safety and colourful lighting makes the space feel more inviting at night time. Joy is found in symmetry, abundance and bright colours which can be found in the centre seating/stage/jumping circles. The surfaces and materials used reminds people that Fort Lane is reclaimed from the sea.

Fort Lane has become a mini oasis in the city for children. The space has become more playful, active, safe and educational. Children now feel welcome here, even into the evening. The shells, seating and swings are installed around the entrances to eateries. By using ambiguous sculptures and play spaces we encourage unpredictable and innovative play. There is plenty of room for active pursuits like biking, scooting and kicking a ball around.

People can return again and again to experience Fort Lane, with events that bring people back to enjoy the atmosphere and gatherings. This proposal leaves the city with an inclusive and welcoming space that can be used and enjoyed by many both day and night.