Cities Inspire

Copenhagen

Copenhagen maybe called the city full of cycling fanatics. According to available statistics, 52% of all Copenhageners cycle to their place of work or education every day. Not so strangely there are more bicycles than people in Copenhagen. The city has prepared in total about 400 kilometers of bicycle lanes which are highways exclusively for two wheelers. There are special accommodation in the trains and subways for bikers to take their bikes with them. The following are reasons by percentage for people of Copenhagen to commute by bicycle.

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Denmarks Crown Prince Frederick.

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Winter no problem.

  • It’s faster – 56 %
  • It’s more convenient – 37 %
  • It’s healthy – 26 %
  • It’s cheap –29 %
  • It’s a good way to start the day/well-being – 12 %
  • It’s because of new job/relocation – 9 %
  • It’s because of the environment – 5 %

It has been inspiring cities in Canada, U.S and Australia to introduce bicycle lanes and promote cycling. Personally, after looking at photos and videos of Copenhagen, I felt a little uneasy. I would really feel unsettled in Copenhagen by the chaotic scenes produced by so many people on a variety of bicycles moving all around. Seems like there is some downside to this. The passengers disembarking from buses, pedestrians and shop owners who got their shop entrances blocked by parked bicycles are really unhappy. I’m sure the City Hall is working hard on this.

Copenhagen Bike Statistics – Archive, Bicycle Strategy 2011-2025 – Archive

 

Moroccan Fez River

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 Before. Img src: landscapeperformance.org

 

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 After. Img Src: landscapeperformance.org

 

Fez is the third largest city in Morocco. The river that runs through it’s center was a heavily contaminated and a long forgotten sewer. It was stinking so people built walls to block it’s view. It was covered with concrete as it was turning into a health hazard, and then it became a rubbish dump. Architect Aziza Chaouni and her Bureau of Ecological Architecture & Systems of Tomorrow, known as Aziza Chaouni Projects now, started Fez River Project to uncover and revitalize the river. The project’s main objective is to reduce contamination and develop the river banks into safe, liveable public space that will contribute to the improvement of the residents’ quality of life.

Uncovering and restoring the Fez river – Archive

 

Shang Hai Houtan Park

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Before. Img Src: landscapeperformance.org

 Houtan-After


 After. Img Src: landscapeperformance.org

 

This is a project in Shanghai to reclaim and develop an industrial waste land into an ecological wetland and a beautiful park. The following is the project statement that explains all about the project.

“Built on a brownfield of a former industrial site, Houtan Park is a regenerative living landscape on Shanghai’s Huangpu riverfront. The park’s constructed wetland, ecological flood control, reclaimed industrial structures and materials, and urban agriculture are integral components of an overall restorative design strategy to treat polluted river water and recover the degraded waterfront in an aesthetically pleasing way.” – asla.org

Shanghai Houtan Park: Landscape as a Living System – Archive

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