World Car Free Day Summit 2021: The future of pedestrian-priority SuperBlocks in Barcelona, Bloomsbury, Vancouver & beyond
Redundant roads and parking take up around 30%-60% of all urban land. Unchecked urban expansion threatens to destroy agricultural land and accelerate biodiversity loss and climate change. City centre land taken up by roads and parking is also some of the most valuable land in the world. In response to this challenge, cities such as Barcelona are leading the way in transitioning city centre land to more productive, climate secure uses. Join this session to learn how the SuperBlock concept pioneered in Barcelona is being applied to Bloomsbury, Vancouver, and other dense city centres seeking to create a new urban land use paradigm focused on equity, high quality public spaces and active travel.
Speakers Magali Thomson, Project Lead for Placemaking, Great Ormond Street Hospital Ben Paul, Founder, Bloomsbury Air (Bloomsbury) Ignacio Ortinez, Co-Founder & Director, estudio OCA