Walkability after the Car: looking into low-density urbanity

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Taking the recent decline in ‘automobilities’ as a departure point, in this article, we reconstruct the constant opposition of pedestrian and car that marked the theoretical debates as well as the urban projects throughout the last century, to better understand the implications and potentials of a possible inversion towards a post-car era, where a mobility based on corporeal capacities gradually takes primacy. We will trace the inversion through a historical path from car as an instrument of democracy –democratization of freedom of movement—(Sheller and Urry in Int J Urban Reg Res 24(4):737–757, 2000) to current visions for ‘democracy on foot’ (Geipel et al. 2009). Questioning the status of walking, its metrics, and its capacities we focus specifically on low-density urbanity. Taking the case of the Leman region in Switzerland, we will show that the territories of dispersed density, are slowly but progressively participating in the transition from car dominance, where an extensive network of public transport is provided.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Horizontal Metropolis Between Urbanism and Urbanization
EditorsPaola Viganò, Chiara Cavalieri, Martina Barcelloni Corte
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-75975-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-09369-3, 978-3-319-75974-6
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

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