Commonwealth Lecture Series: Traffic Management in Historic Cities – Pierre Laconte, 16th July 2014

Glasgow City Heritage Trust, in collaboration with Architecture and Design Scotland and The Lighthouse ran a Commonwealth Lecture Series in 2014. Speakers travelled from various countries to speak at the series, which primarily focussed on Place-making and Sustainability. In this second talk in the series Pierre Laconte spoke about “Traffic Management in Historic Cities: Place-making for Man and Motor is Possible”.

Pierre Laconte is the President of the Foundation for the Urban environment (FFUE), Honorary Secretary General of the International Association of public Transport (UITP), Past-President of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) and Expert member of ICOMOS CIVVIH.

The lecture will first present the general argument in favour of a balance between modes of transport to ensure liveable places in a liveable city.
It will then give some examples of medium size historic cities that have, at some point in time, found practical solutions for handling traffic and planning in view of enhancing the place quality, such as:

  • Zurich (whole city, since 1985)
  • Copenhagen (whole city, since 1962)
  • Portland, Oregon (whole city, since 1975)
  • Brussels (Louvain-la-Neuve new university town in suburban Brussels, since 1972)
  • Bilbao (Abandoibarra area, since 1989).

Traffic Management in Historic Cities