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Moving into the Twenty-First Century European City: Looking at the New Charter of Athens's Connected City from a Mobility Point of View

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The lack of connectivity is seen by the New Charter of Athens as the basic problem of our cities, not only in physical terms, but also in relation to time, which affects social structures and cultural differences. This, according to the New Charter, does not just mean continuity of character in the built environment, but also continuity in identity. Furthermore, it suggests that the notion of the network city needs to be stressed, leading to polycentric urban networks, many of which transcend national boundaries within the new Europe. This paper evaluates the issues of urban mobility raised in the New Charter of Athens from the perspective of the 'urbanism of networks'. It does so, firstly, from a social point of view – mobility as an important condition for (and result from) people participating in society; secondly, from an economic point of view – multimodal and selective accessibility as competitive advantage for cities and city-regions; thirdly, from an ecological perspective – the importance of energy friendly, non-motorized traffic in the hierarchy of urban mobility networks; and, finally, from a spatial point of view – how to achieve spatial coherence in urban mobility networks.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2012

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