Friday, December 15, 2006

Homage to Professor

Percy Johnson-Marshall was our City Planning Professor at The Edinburgh University.

Today his words are still vivid on my mind. For example, he said that ''when a city reaches a certain size it presents more costs than benefits''. In relation to metro systems he said that ''when a city needs a metro system, what you need is a new city''.

Nowadays, the Curitiba city municipality (where I live, in Brazil) is debating on the need to build a metropolitan rail system.

As far as I know metro systems implies in population agglomeration, and all its costs associated with urban quality of life.

In my opinion a metro system in itself does not make people happyer. It just transport them faster to their destinations than other modes.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

At the Urban Design Department


This photo shows the group of professors, lecturers and postgrad students that were at our project presentation to the Urban Design Department faculty. Richard Bigwood is at the rear and Phillip Bowers is at the front. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Edinburgh University


A session to present a group work to the faculty. We were a mix of postgrad students from Mexico (Luis Llorens and Gilberto), Brazil (Alexandre Ribeiro and Luiz Martins - at the centre), Peru (Arturo Yep), and Lesotho(Naison Zumbika) Posted by Picasa

Friday, December 01, 2006

The Rocket


This was the Rocket locomotive model as found in the Royal Scottish Museum at Chambers Street, in front of the Edinburgh University.

I visited that Museum several times and keep good memories of its architecture and contents. Posted by Picasa

Post my Edinburgh card, please


At that time we were used to post cards to our relatives and friends. Nowadays, Internet does that job on a fast and nice way. Posted by Picasa

Edinburgh Summertime


One could not believe but this snapshot was taken on summertime... in Edinburgh, of course.

The team is almost the same of the other photo. The main difference is the presence of Hellen Tyrell, Elcy Corrales (from Colombia) and another lovely lady (from Spain).

I am the one with a camera bag and almost frozen. Posted by Picasa

Na foto acima, tirada em frente ao ELF – The Edinburgh Language Foundation, George Square, se vê da esquerda para a direita: Gabriel Martinez, economista, Colombiano; Luiz C. P. Martins, engenheiro civil, Brasileiro; Mehmet Siddik Ensari, economista, Turco; Gilberto Larios Chavez, arquiteto, Mexicano; Hassan Dino, economista, Turco; Flávio Malta, arquiteto, Brasileiro; Alexandre Dorea Ribeiro, arquiteto, Brasileiro; Martin Sales, professor de Inglês, Inglês; Elcy Corrales, socióloga, Colombiana; Hellen Tyrell, professora de Inglês, Escocesa; Poonwilai Chantratada, arquiteta, Tailandesa; uma visitante Espanhola; e Arturo Yep Abanto, arquiteto, Peruano.