Daily Archives: January 6, 2018

Architecture and the cities

Today I’ve discovered a podcast: The Urbanist. Basically it’s about architecture in the cities. Or elements of the architecture in the city, can it be how things were build for people to enjoy the space, for cyclists to use the city or simply to make people to meet and to look.

Since long time ago I’ve been interested on urbanism and how to build cities for people and how architects have a huge impact on how a city is interesting and liveable.

Back in Portugal there was a show in the radio run by an architect who would invite other architects to show interesting parts of the city. It was called “Ao Volante pela Cidade” (Driving through the city). Later it become a book.

In Geneva I was amazed that there was a tourist office targeting visitors and another tourist office targeting inhabitants. On the latter I’ve discovered 10 different booklets with itineraries to discover the city in different angles, from architecture, to parks and trees, institutions, important people.  They have added now also cycling itineraries and other cultural walking paths.

Here are the links:

  • https://monocle.com/radio/shows/the-urbanist
  • https://www.wook.pt/livro/ao-volante-pela-cidade-manuel-graca-dias/81346
  • http://www.ville-geneve.ch/faire-geneve/promenades/