The Urbanist

Topography and mobility

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18 May 2017

Episode 292

28 minutes

Topography versus urbanism: how a young Spanish mayor has reconnected the city, a look at Rio de Janeiro's cable car system and a preview tour of Seoul's new sky garden.

18 May 2017

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Gironella’s inventive solution

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The population in this small town in the north of Spain’s Catalonian region had become segregated by its own steep topography. The solution? Enlisting a skilled architect to design a camouflaged lift attached to the cliffside.

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Seoul’s new overpass

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The South Korean capital has turned a highway overpass into an elevated pedestrian walkway and park and it’s set to open to the public this weekend. Our Seoul correspondent, Jason Strother, got an early tour of the refurbished bridge and brings us this report.

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Rio de Janeiro’s cable car

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We travel to Rio de Janeiro where the city’s natural mountainous topography can make accessing some parts of the city incredibly challenging. With 20 per cent of Rio’s population living in hillside communities, a few gondolas have been put in place over the years to make these locations more accessible. But how much do these solutions really work?

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