Matts-Åke Belin has a job title that might sound a little foreign to an American ear, but one that’s very important in his home country of Sweden: traffic safety strategist. He holds that position with the Swedish Transport Administration, where he has been one of the key architects of the policy known as Vision Zero. Since approved by the Swedish parliament in October 1997, Vision Zero has permeated the nation’s approach to transportation, dictating that the government manage the nation’s streets and roads with the ultimate goal of preventing fatalities and serious injuries. It’s a radical vision that has made Sweden an international leader in the area of road safety.
Survival of the Fittest – Gender and Public Transport in Kathmandu
The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 5 of the UN says: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”. All of the UN’s Sustainability Development Goals sound all-encompassing and too lofty to be pursued in a realistic manner. That, however, is the idea. The SDGs are value-pillars which guide planners while they go about their mundane tasks of drawing up maps and fighting resource crunches. Fortunately, the New Urban Agenda adopted in Habitat III breaks down these goals into sub-topics that people can wrap their heads around and know how to create a path towards achieving that utopian ideal.
From the New Mobility Fine Arts Collection: The Inner Eye – Autumn 2016
* Photo source: http://www.arch2o.com/pedestrian-bridge-in-shenzhen-china/
*This is commonly referred to as putting lipstick on a pig. Moral of the story: you can make it as pretty as you can, but at the end of the day it’s still a pig.”
Because they are so very bad at doing their purported job (i.e. protecting and providing a safe, comfortable and efficient walkable environment for people on foot (or cycle, or wheel chairs or for the elderly, encumbered, simply tired, etc., and because they so often fascinate architects and politicians, we intend from time to time in the NM Fine Arts Collection, show you other examples of how they (do not) work.
* Have something that you think World Streets readers might appreciate as they wander the Fine Arts Collection in 2017? Post it to Curator_FineArts@ecoplan.com and we will share it with some of our curators and eventually enter it into the Collection.