The relevance of mobility, „feminine travel patterns‟ and Utopianism in urban planning: A case study of Bogotá, Columbia and Copenhagen, Denmark.

Mark Deloughery

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt

Abstrakt

This paper will be focusing specifically on the benefits of pursuing a city development model, which incorporates “feminine” travel patterns and more specifically draws on the literature on the “Compact City” to discus and analyze the possibilities of implementing an urban model which includes density, mobility and accessibility with special relevance for cities in the developing world. This paper will incorporate the concepts of accessibility and mobility as integral to discuss urban transportation. The discursive impacts of increased mobility and accessibility, possibly resulting in an increased sense of equity, will be further discussed as a possible outcome of citizens having a high level of mobility, by having access to an urban form that accommodates different transportation forms, and accommodating inhabitants varying income levels and patterns of travel. The conceptions of „utopian‟ thought will also be drawn upon as necessary for pursuing change. The paper will primarily discuss properties of the development model exhibited by “feminine” travel patterns and the concept of “the Compact City” and the importance of pursuing utopian ideals. Following a conceptual discussion of the above named topics of accessible urban infrastructure, mobility and urban form, the theories identified in the literature review will shed light on the benefits and drawbacks of different models of urban development. Finally, by examining the cases of Copenhagen, Denmark, in the global north and Bogotá, Colombia, in the global south, alternative development models will be exhibited, thereby displaying two alternative development models which are currently in existence, both of which draws on conceptions of mobility and accessibility in changing the urban form, and the discourse of what is possible to achieve.

UddannelserGeografi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
SprogEngelsk
Udgivelsesdato18 jun. 2013
VejledereDonald Duck