heller | 4 Dec 14:13 2008
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Aqua Alta in Venice: surfing on Piazza San Marco

Hi all Lovers of Venice,

surely you`ve noticed Aqua Alta in Venice.
A dutch guy surfed there ... see some pics:
"Venezia, attraversa piazza San Marco con il surf"
http://www.repubblica.it/2006/05/gallerie/cronaca/venezia-wake/6.html

and watch this short video (in engl.):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMIY-4AFbtU

another one in German:
http://www.spiegel.de/video/video-42178.html

and the report (in German):
http://www.spiegel.de/reise/aktuell/0,1518,594272,00.html

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    J.H. Crawford | 4 Dec 14:51 2008

    aqua alta in Venice


    Hi All,

    There is a good slide show at the NY Times on the
    recent aqua alta in Venice:

    http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/12/02/world/1202-VENICE_index.html

    I had actually thought it was worse than it was,
    although it was certainly bad enough.

    I'm hoping that they will finish the flood barrier
    in time to save the city from real harm.

    Best,

    Joel

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      carfreeworldview | 5 Dec 23:51 2008
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      Re: Crowd-Source a Car-Free Documetary?

      Chris,

      I think you have some wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing.

      I have been willingly car-free for almost a year now. It has a been a
      wonderful experience and I never want to own a car again. On
      reflection, the decision to sell my car was brought on by my
      submersion to the Davis (California) culture: small town living with a
      central and walkable downtown, bicycle-friendly, and environmentally
      conscious community. I also studied sustainable cities in Europe in
      summer of 2007.

      In late 2007, I made a short video to promote bicycle infrustructure
      and design. It won the Fit-City Competition sponsored by the Oxford
      Health Alliance. My prize was a trip to Sydney, Australia to
      participate in an international public health conference. :)
      (http://www.green.tv/abicyclestory)

      ---

      "What are the impediments to living a car-free lifestyle", and "What
      would it take to overcome those impediments and get the average
      motorist to step out of their car on a regular basis".

      ---

      From my own culture change experience, I think that it is most
      important to frame the car-free lifestyle in a positive way.
      Demonstrate that a car-free lifestyle results in a high quality life.
      Make it cool.

      I'm currently developing a car-free lifestyle promotion project:
      CarFreeLifestyle.com. Basic description: "Every day is different
      when you are car-free. Share your car-free experiences and inspire
      others to try the lifestyle. What's your next adventure?"

      Promotional videos:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHh3aAG-YuQ
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4Esj6mWDD0

      Eventually I envision the stories complied into a book or other
      promotional media. My hope is that this will increase car-free
      lifestyle awareness and promote culture change.

      Certainly a documentary would help too. Let me know if I can help
      with it. :)

      Might anyone else here have ideas/direction for my CarFreeLifestyle
      project? Please let me know how I can help you too.

      Cheers,

      Christa

      San Diego, Ca
      805-766-1648
      cclarkjones <at> gmail.com
      www.CarFreeLifestyle.com
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/carfreeworldview/

      --- In carfree_cities <at> yahoogroups.com, "Chris" <cholt2 <at> ...> wrote:
      >
      > I wanted to post this question to this list to tap into the expertise
      > and wisdom that I've been reading for a couple of years now.
      >
      > My name is Chris Holt and I run a website (www.scaledown.ca)
      > dedicated to furthering the discussion of making my hometown
      > (Windsor, Ontario - across the river from Detroit) a livable,
      > walkable city. Windsor's also known as the "Automotive Capital of
      > Canada" and currently experiencing the worst economic outook in our
      > history, which makes my project even more poiniant.
      >
      > I am at the beginning of a 12 month "experiment" where I'm filming
      > the transition of a young family (myself and my two kids) going from
      > an autocentric lifestyle to a carfree one. We're using this
      > springboard to examine our cultures devotion to the automobile and
      > the ramifications and costs (social, economic and health-wise) of
      > that devotion. Somewhere in there I would also like to highlight my
      > communities reliance on the ever increasing sales of cars and the
      > unsustainability of that fact (Windsor is the birthplace of Ford
      > Canada, just celebrating 100 years, as well as being home to a few
      > Chrysler and GM plants as well) Personally, I am a fouth generation
      > Ford worker (in my family since 1914) who is on indefinite layoff.
      >
      > I would like to tap into the collective conscience of the car-free
      > movement to make this a great film. I am also toying with the
      > possibilities of making this a "crowd-sourced" project, utilizing the
      > experience of scholars and activists around the world to "build" this
      > film together. I am especially interested in highligting successful
      > communities and how they have moved toward more of a pedestrian-
      > centred transpotation system.
      >
      > The questions I would like to see this film address, among others,
      > are "What are the impediments to living a car-free lifestyle",
      > and "What would it take to overcome those impediments and get the
      > average motorist to step out of their car on a regular basis".
      >
      > I'll leave it there to hopefully discuss with this list further. If
      > you are interested in sending me a note off-list, please feel free to
      > at chris <at> ...
      >
      > Looking forward to hearing your thoughts,
      >
      > Chris Holt
      > www.scaledown.ca
      > ScaleDown Radio, 91.5 FM
      >
      > PS If there are any Toronto-area activists/scholars reading this, I
      > will be in Toronto from Dec 9 - 11th discussing the project with the
      > CBC. I will also be collecting some footage as well, and would be
      > interested in meeting up with you.
      >

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      Matt Hohmeister | 6 Dec 06:46 2008

      Another right step in the wrong direction...

      http://hothardware.com/News/Hawaii-Says-Aloha-to-an-Electric-Car-Network/

      Yet another example of the obsession to keep an inherently inefficient
      transportation system working "at all costs".

      Some utilities already strain during afternoon rush hour in the
      summer--everyone gets home at once and starts up their 5 kW air
      conditioners. Imagine what would happen if everyone had electric cars.

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      J.H. Crawford | 6 Dec 16:40 2008

      the high-tech view of future cities


      Hi All,

      MVRDV architects wins Gwanggyo power centre competition in South Korea:

      http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/4748/mvrdv-architects-wins-gwanggyo-city-centre-competition-in-south-korea.html

      I wish I had the time to post a counter-proposal that would
      cost no more than half as much and offer a far higher
      quality of life.

      Best,

      Joel

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      Richard Risemberg | 6 Dec 18:24 2008
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      My Take on the Big Three Bailout

      Posted on New Colonist at:

      http://www.newcolonist.com/vox/archive/00000960.html

      A version of it will also appear in next week's Los Angeles Business
      Journal.

      Whaddaya say, folks?

      Rick

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      J.H. Crawford | 8 Dec 04:12 2008

      A Future without Cars? People, Bikes and Community in the 21st Century


      Hi All,

      James Rojas recently conducted a workshop in LA.
      This blog entry may be of interest to list readers:

      http://la.streetsblog.org/2008/11/18/james-rojas-on-a-future-without-cars/

      Best,

      Joel

      James Rojas on a Future Without Cars

      by Damien Newton on November 18, 2008

      When Rojas Speaks, People Build Urban Models

      (Editor's Note: On November 7, Antioch University hosted a forum entitled "A Future Without Cars." Professors, urban planners, and bike activists all spoke about how Los Angeles deserves a car-free future. Urban planner, Metro staffer and leader of the Latino Urban Forum led a workshop on pedestrian planning. Below are his notes on the event. To see more images from the event, check out the Streetsblog Flickr page.)

      A Future without Cars? People, Bikes and Community in the 21st Century

      by James Rojas

      On Friday November 7, 2008 I participated in Antioch's University daylong workshop "A Future without Cars? People, Bikes, and Community in the 21st Century held in Culver City. For this workshop I developed an Interactive Pedestrian Exercise. This hour and half exercise taught participants to examine, experience, and create a pedestrian environment. The varied ages and ethnicity of the thirty plus participants offered a diverse perspective on creating the car free city.

      The workshop began with a brief lecture on the Experience of Place: the Difficulties of Creating a Pedestrian Environment. I informed the students of challenges involved with developing pedestrian infrastructure. The task to create a pedestrian landscape sounds simple, but individual perception plays a critical roll in its success. We experience the world through our sense and the street is no different. Factors such as climate, noise, smell, and overall comfort are important to pedestrians. In addition, people walk for different reasons. People walk for utilitarian reasons, for recreation, sightseeing, exercise, and just to think. It's because pedestrians are on the streets for different reasons that makes creating ideal walking environments so complicated. It's easier for us to construct freeways because they are designed for vehicles, which care very little about the environment. And the drivers of these vehicles are more interested in getting to where they have to go than enjoying their driving environment. After all, a comfortable seat, air conditioning, and their favorite tunes are all the artificial environment needed while driving a car.

      The forty-five minute walk audit to the adjacent park and intersection of Motor and Overland Streets allowed participants to experience a comfortable and uncomfortable walking environment.

      The park illustrated a comfortable walking zone. We walked through the park and stopped under a clump of tress. The green foliage of the park cooled us down as well as the shade from the trees. Walking on the grass felt like carpet. The clump of trees buffered the sounds of the cars moving on the street allowing us to have a brief discussion of the environment.

      The intersection of Motor and Overland illustrated an uncomfortable walking zone. The concrete side walk is hard to walk on and was narrow so people had to walk in almost a strait line. The street was lined with palm trees, parking meters and electric poles. There were no shade trees so the black asphalt made the walk very hot. The noise from the moving cars was very loud preventing people from speaking to each other. A gas station, small businesses and multi family structures lined one side of the street while a fence with nice landscaping lined the other side. These land uses did not support walking. By the end of this walk people were exhausted and could not wait to get back to the auditorium. With this brief walk, participants experienced the realities of being a pedestrian.

      The one hour Never-Before-Seen Car Free Workshop allowed the participants to apply what they have experienced with their own personal backgrounds in creating a pedestrian landscape. The task was to develop a pedestrian environment with supporting activities, amenities and structures because I wanted them to understand the critical role land use patterns have on transportation. The participants were arranged around tables of four to five. Each table was provided with trays of materials and a twelve inch foam core square to create their landscape. They were given twenty minutes to create their visions and after this was done they were given a minute to explain there creation.

      Participants provided in-depth, personal information through their 3-d model building from selection of materials, placement, mapping, and the narratives they used to explain their creations. Participants used the materials in varying scales that allowed them to illustrate their points. Some participants walked us through their space to others that had large scale conceptual plans. From the placement of benches, and trees alongside a path, to relocating city hall, homes and stores connectivity was important. Mapping was a critical part of the models for creating a pedestrian landscape. These techniques are reminiscent of Kevin Lynch's mapping exercises in "Image of a City", because we begin to see patterns develop amongst participants.

      The ideas were so varied, yet very similar in capturing the experience of place. They create both real and fantasy worlds. People generally wanted interesting, comfortable pedestrian environments which were illustrated in many ways.

      Senior citizens generally wanted benches, lightings, and creature comforts which help the walk. The analogy to a Rousseau painting one participant used illustrated the need for nature in the pedestrian realm. The natural elements such as trees, plants were supplemented with the introduction of animals. Many people talked about the need for public art to provide a personal experience to pedestrian zones.

      Another segment of the group took the opportunity to redesign the streets. They were two to three references to the crooked and narrow streets of medieval European cities which they felt promoted walking. Still another group took the opportunity to create plazas and centers for social activity. These spaces were designed to facilitate mobility with a sense of civic identity and social interaction by people who used them.

      Another concept from the group was how this exercise allowed them to restructure society. The street was a way of educating at risk youth on how the government system works. The pedestrian street was less about the experiences of place and more about creating a utopian vision.

      Lessons Learned

      The interactive pedestrian exercise was a very effective method for participants to examine and create a pedestrian zone because they experienced and created it. This method allows them to use their senses on urban planning issues and the model building helps increases their design fluency.

      This method allows for the public to "speak" first rather than be spoken to. It makes people feel part of the process. Everyone participates regardless of background, language or age barriers. As a researcher, it helps to understand how different age groups, ethnicities, genders, and professions perceive the same project. While this was a transportation project to some, it becomes a way of restructing life for others. As architects, planners and policy makers, it is important to gather information and understand the interpretation of projects and policies. As a community member it is important to understand the neighbor's personal perspectives on how to view the work.

      Lastly, this engaging exercise makes everyone feel good.

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      Elizabeth Trice | 9 Dec 15:17 2008
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      big three bailout

      Does anyone know of any national groups working to make sure that any bailouts or massive infrastructure work plans are NOT car-oriented?
      Elizabeth Trice
      Portland, Maine

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      Kristen Steele | 9 Dec 17:43 2008
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      Re: big three bailout

      The Thunderhead Alliance for Biking and Walking
      (www.thunderheadalliance.org) - the North American coalition of biking
      and walking advocacy organizations - collected a list of "ready-to-go"
      bike/ped infrastructure projects from our 135 member organizations. We
      are working with Rails to Trails and other national partners to psuh
      for the inclusion of these projects in a stimulus package so that it
      is not all car-oriented.

      Here is a petition being circulated by Rails to Trails:
      http://support.railstotrails.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Economic_Recovery_to_BP

      And here is an article about these efforts:
      http://www.bikeradar.com/news/article/congressional-economic-recovery-could-include-bicycles-19598

      Kristen Steele
      Thunderhead Alliance

      On Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 6:17 AM, Elizabeth Trice <etrice2 <at> yahoo.com> wrote:
      > Does anyone know of any national groups working to make sure that any
      > bailouts or massive infrastructure work plans are NOT car-oriented?
      > Elizabeth Trice
      > Portland, Maine
      >
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      >
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      J.H. Crawford | 9 Dec 22:33 2008

      Carfree Times #52


      Hi All,

      It's Carfree Times time again:

      http://www.carfree.com/cft/i052.html

      I won't send announcements until tomorrow, so if
      you happen to spot an error, please advise OFF LIST.

      Thanks & best regards,

      Joel

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