"PP" Pedestrian Power - Buenos Aires 2030, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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In the next decades, cities will face a vital challenge: how to adapt to the new urban scenario. The major drivers of change will come from two disruptions: the advent of autonomous vehicles on one hand, and an increasing awareness of the health risks from vehicle pollution. Buenos Aires 2030 explores the pedestrian power and the opportunities for a dense metropolis in a developing country. 
 
On the southeast shore of Buenos Aires, the Riachuelo River surrounds an aging industrial area called La Boca. The proximity to downtown Buenos Aires, as well as its picturesque colonial style,  make it a very attractive area for tourists. However, this area of the city is deficient in public services, infrastructure, and urban equipment, and due to the lack of public transportation, it’s mainly accessed by users on private vehicles. The maritime activities ceased long ago and today most of its docks are deserted. The old cargo rails that served them have fallen into disuse and a viaduct divides the geography. As a result of the disruption introduced by driverless technology, La Boca’s access problem will be completely upended, kicking off a major transformation of the neighborhood and accelerating the gentrification process. Additionally, the significant portion of the urban landscape that today consists of parked automobiles will become available.
 
Pedestrian power is a master plan that extends into the area of La Boca with the main objective of reactivating the area making it a focal point of Buenos Aires. 
 
The key challenges are: 
 
  1. Take back the street as an asset to the community through a full-scale network of pedestrian routes which will create corridors of socialization across the capital. It will foster the creation of a pedestrian-dominated environment, where the vehicles would need to take a secondary role. We will see a huge increase in the amount of space given up to the public realm and a significant expansion of the width of the sidewalks, bike lanes, and space for other kinds of alternate transportation. 
  2. Improve connectivity through the recovery of the edges of the river basin, consolidation of the route and renewing the south axis along with the historical role and geographic enclave. The old freight railways will become a non-motorized promenade with new shops and colorful homes. To ensure communication with the city, a Fast Transit Bus corridor runs through Almirante Brown Avenue, a famous shopping street. Here, the industrial past of La Boca stands as the basis to build a future that privileges people. 
  3. Create environmental awareness rising a public concern into action, promoting recycling, energy efficient and sustainable design. 
 
Pedestrian Power develops a holistic vision for the city of Buenos Aires that will face the challenge of the globalized world technology in future decades. The community will be the center of development for the new urban scenario.
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