Linnea Rönnquist
Urbanism & Societal Change

How can an increase of shared automated mobility create opportunity for distributed densification, without compromising on access to transportation in Los Angeles 2030?

Cities have always grown in relation to transport. Rail-lines connected towns that grew into cities, the technology and availability of the car made cities sprawl into suburbia, and the return to public transportation is building dense islands around larger stations. 

Today transportation is facing other large changes which will affect how we move around our cities and countrysides. The driver is getting replaced by the computer and the driverless vehicle gets included in a fleet of transportation tools - providing one holistic service that can reach all the vines of a city’s network. With this knowledge in mind, how can we continue to grow our cities without compromising on everyone’s access to its transport? Looking at Los Angeles specifically, could the new mobility offer densification, that reaches all the corners of the city? This is what I have tried to investigate through my thesis project presented below.

“Marginally more dwelling units per acre provides a means for preserving the benefits associated with suburban living while reducing carbon footprints and providing municipal services more efficiently.”
Dr. Dana Cuff - founder of UCLA CityLab and co-author of California's Accessory Dwelling Unit Law
YIMBY (2006) Los Angeles : Prop X (statement further discussed during consultation 2019)
Los Angeles - Public Transport
Van Nuys - Public Transport
Strategy Stack
“Streets are typically owned by the abutting landowners, with an easement for street purposes granted to the city. So, presumably, when such land becomes “surplus,” it would be returned to the abutting owners. However, maybe at that point, there would be more options for the use of such land.”
Jane Blumenfeld - senior fellow UCLA, former head of Los Angeles' Citywide Planning Division
Interview 13 feb 2019
Land Trust
Implementation 2019-2030 by the land trust
"If you’re releasing space for driving and parking cars, then you need to start looking at what else it could be used for.”
Robert Martin - head of mobility JaJa Architects
Interview 2018
Plan 1:500 - Haynes street
Delivery Node
Van Nuys Skip
Day Care
"...lower level distributed and constant vegetation would be more important to accomplish sustainably the health of city residents or visitors. (...) because it accomplishes both environmental sustainability (stormwater mgmt., species support, health of humans) but also because it is the most just."
Nora Davis - research at US Forest Service Research & Development
Interview 22 feb 2019

Thank you for taking the time viewing CONGESTION!

I am always happy to discuss the project and present my continuing work on the topic. Send me an e-mail and we find a suitable time for coffee.

I 2017-19 satser KADK på FN’s verdensmål
Det afspejler sig i forskning, undervisning og afgangsprojekter. Dette projekt har forholdt sig til følgende FN-mål:
Industry, innovation and infrastructure (9)
Reduced inequalities (10)
Sustainable cities and communities (11)

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