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A Framework for Guiding the Management of Low-Impact Mobility Towards Making Room for Sustainable Urban Green Infrastructure

Carlos Smaniotto Costa
Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, CeiED Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Education and Development, LE3P Experimental Lab on Communication, Education and Public Spaces

Abstract—This work presents a discussion on the provision and access to public open spaces (parks, gardens, squares, streets, etc.) at the same time questioning and assessing the implementation of green infrastructure concept, considering the socio-cultural, economic, ecological features of the urban spaces, against the current mobility trends and urban mobility policies, and the sustainability approach. In urban settings, sustainability, which must to be an urban goal, faces specific challenges and one of most important are mobility patterns, i.e. the mode of transport people use. The current trend of car-based mobility patterns are the cause of many urban, social, and environmental problems and a laissez-faire policy is not able to provide comprehensive answers. The reasons are complex and multiple but the results are the same: mono-functional and poor quality urban spaces. This work offers quite a comprehensive vision of the problems, covering many different aspects, and deliberately from a socio-environmental perspective and with a certain distance. Green infrastructure elements are distinctive component of a city or neighbourhood, play an important educational and cultural role for the development of the community, what exerts strong influence on the quality of urban life. Although green infrastructure and its elements are important asset of the urban fabric, are strong elements of design, morphology and aesthetics of a city, many cities around the world face the lack of green and amenity spaces, or the existing spaces are neglected, overused or even unexplored. Green infrastructure and mobility patterns are at the heart of several disciplines, adding a cross sectorial view to discussion on their features, functions and benefits inspire public and private action, promote integrated thinking, and foster at the end sustainability. Its purpose is not to propose one or more ready-made systems but to deliver arguments to the debate in the on the longer-term prospects.

Index Terms—low-impact mobility, paradigm change, town planning, green infrastructure, urban landscape

Cite: Carlos Smaniotto Costa, "A Framework for Guiding the Management of Low-Impact Mobility Towards Making Room for Sustainable Urban Green Infrastructure," Journal of Traffic and Logistics Engineering, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 74-82, June 2016. doi: 10.18178/jtle.4.1.74-82


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