“There is no longer time to reconfigure the large portions of territory that have developed in a dispersed way. In the West, the period of great transformations linked to the population explosion and economic growth are over. We need to modify the infrastructures in these territories, despecialise them and create a network system for all modes of transport”.
The pursuit of acceleration, often manifested in such projects as
Hyperloop trains launched inside pressurised tubes, still continues
to seduce us today. 3D animations invite us to imagine a world in
which futuristic technologies will permit us to travel ever faster and
ever further – everything coordinated by digital environments.
Our continuous consumption of space through the compression of time is no longer tolerable, as we are reminded by the renowned professor of sustainable development, John Whitelegg. The energy and material consumption necessary to ensure the mobility of people and goods has contributed, and is continuing to contribute, to the various crises afflicting the planet, from the loss of biodiversity to harmful gas emissions.
Moving ever more frequently and ever faster is not only taking us further away from an ecological transition, but in recent decades it has led – above all because of the automobile – to a rising sprawl, with the subsequent loss of the relationship of proximity, contributing to a slow social atomisation. That is why we need to radically change the way we move; and it is in this regard that the present book seeks to offer a little guidance in the great transformation of contemporary mobility, providing tangible examples of transformation in Moscow, Paris, Milan and Barcelona. New forms of mobility have to become a central part of our densely populated cities and the low-density urbanised territories. It is a challenge that we can and must overcome – together.
IT. Federico Parolotto è architetto, senior partner e CEO della milanese MIC-HUB, società di consulenza in pianificazione urbana e dei trasporti che dal 2009 collabora con aziende, istituzioni pubbliche e studi di progettazione in diversi paesi. Con il team MIC-HUB ha partecipato a numerosi progetti di ricerca: tra gli altri, la sezione della mobilità per Arcipelago Italia, il Padiglione Italia alla Biennale di Venezia del 2018, curato da Mario Cucinella, e la mostra Eyes of the City curata da Carlo Ratti (MIT), dal Politecnico di Torino e dallo SCUT (curatori accademici), all’interno della Biennale di Shenzhen del 2020. Ha collaborato con numerose riviste internazionali e ha partecipato a seminari in varie università internazionali.
EN. Federico Parolotto is an architect and Senior Partner at MIC-HUB, the Milan-based urban planning and transport consultancy firm, which has been collaborating with companies, public institutions and design studios in many different countries since 2009. Together with the MIC-HUB team, he has participated in several research projects, including, among others, the mobility component for Arcipelago Italia, the Italian pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale, curated by Mario Cucinella, and the Eyes of the City exhibition by Carlo Ratti (MIT) from Politecnico di Torino and SCUT (academic curators) at the 2020 Shenzhen Biennale. He has also written numerous articles for international magazines and participated in seminars at various international universities.