What can replace the pleasure of driving in a PCW?
In the 1960s, Vancouver’s historic downtown was at risk of being razed for modern road projects – only for an extraordinary protest movement to turn the tide, helping transform it into one of North America’s most ‘liveable’ cities.
Gisela Erlacher is fascinated by hybrid, improvised urban situations. With public space being under increasing pressure in today’s world of global acceleration and urbanization, spaces we are unconscious of edge ever more into focus. In her project Skies of Concrete she shows spaces and spatial situations that result from the construction of bridges or from the appropriation of spaces under them. Erlacher has photographed such non-spaces in China, Great Britain, Netherlands, and Austria. They are characterized by being situated under a structure and by the stunning spatial configurations resulting from this.
« Les gares, jusqu’alors, reliaient le cœur des villes, avec leur réseau de correspondances et de transports en commun ; elles se situent désormais loin des agglomérations, comme les aéroports. La plupart d’entre elles, comme Aix TGV, ne sont même plus reliées au réseau ferroviaire secondaire (qui intéresse si peu la Société nationale des chemins de fer français, SNCF) mais se voient entourées d’immenses parkings. Il faut, pour s’y rendre ou en repartir, affronter les embouteillages et augmenter la pollution : le train au service de l’automobile »
Self-driving cars offer a huge potential value for companies who mine individual data and use it for marketing and other services. From a privacy protection standpoint, self-driving car makers could require an opt-in from consumers before collecting their data—but even that approach is often imperfect. For one thing, self-driving car manufacturers could choose to make opting in a requirement for using the technology at all. And even if individuals are given the choice to opt out of sharing their data—as anyone who has signed a tech platform’s terms of service without reading it knows—terms of service agreements are often lengthy, full of legal jargon, and difficult to parse. (paraphrased from the article)
« The reality is that there is not one city in the world that has solved the issue of mobility through the private car. None. »