ISSN 1973-9702



Mobility as an urban value: Concerning road monofunctionally and urban regeneration

by Rafael Sousa Santos


In the last decades, the demographic and extensive urban growth was provided by the generalization of the self-mobility, which allowed an increasingly scattered occupation of the territory. The mono functionality of this new urban model and the lack of equity of the road solution are clear indications of its failure as an exclusive response to contemporary urban mobilities. With this paper it is intended to achieve three main objectives: 1. to identify the process of urban transformation initiated in the 20thcentury and its connection to the progress of individual mobility; 2. to recognize the contemporary condition of adapted or designed urban spaces according to the road imperative and its consequences to the ways of living; and 3. to determine the prospects for urban mobilities and the regenerative hypothesis for modern urbanistics inheritances.


Rafael Sousa Santos (Portugal, 1991) graduated in Architecture by the University of Beira Interior (DECA-UBI), Portugal (2013). Has his master’s in Architecture by University of Porto (FAUP), Portugal (2016), where he participates as intern in the Centre for Studies of the Faculty of Architecture (CEFA). Currently he is a Ph.D. candidate in Architecture at FAUP (with supervisors from FAUP, Aalto University and Aahrus University). He has also collaborated in the curricular units of Urban Economy and Urbanistics 2 of Integrated Master’s in Architecture (MIARQ) at FAUP (since 2017).

Creating Healthy Places through Active Mobility

Can we re-think urban transport so that walking and cycling become real mobility options that make our cities healthier, safer, and more sociable?

In March 2014, the Centre for Livable Cities and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Singapore conducted a collaborative research study with renowned Danish architect and urban designer Jan Gehl. The aim was to formulate principles for improving walkability and bikeablity in Singapore.

Creating Healthy Places through Active Mobility, a collaborative research project between the Centre for Liveable Cities and Urban Land Institute, explores why and how we should make our urban environment friendlier to walking and cycling. This book, which publishes the findings of that research, discuss infrastructure design and policies of cities such as Amsterdam, Copenhagen, New York, Seoul and Taipei which have adopted active mobility as central to their transformative strategies for building healthy, vibrant, and liveable cities. The book also presents ideas for promoting active mobility based on workshops led by global expert Jan Gehl.

The Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) was set up in 2008 based on a strategic blueprint developed by Singapore’s Inter-Ministerial Committee on Sustainable Development. The Centre’s mission is to distil, create and share knowledge on liveable and sustainable cities. CLC distils key learning points from Singapore’s experiences over the last half-century, while creating knowledge to address emerging challenges. It also shares knowledge with, and learns from, other cities and experts. 

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