NonA Weekly: TOMORROW ROADS
Dear readers and friends,
Nearly 10,000 years ago, with little else to occupy their time, the first humans wore natural pathways into the dirt while hunting for food and water. As populations grew, they saw the need to create more formal roadway systems to transport goods between villages. But these roads often washed away entirely in heavy rain, and early humans hated that. By 4,000 B.C., humans had developed new methods for making roadways more resilient, and the world’s first paved roadways soon emerged in the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East.
This week our research is quite extended, ranging from Road construction and maintenance, Road profile in relation to travelling speed, Smart roads and urban installations systems to Climate change & resilient road systems.
1. HOW STREETS, ROADS, AND AVENUES ARE DIFFERENT
What’s the difference between a “road”, a “drive” and a “way”? Or between a “street”, a “boulevard” and an “avenue”? The naming conventions that we attribute to the networks that we use to move about are, in fact, a little more complex than you might imagine. In this FILM, the intricate world of road classification and definition is given an explanation – and one which might help you think a little deeper about urban mobility.
2. RECYCLED TYRES FORM PAVEMENT THAT SELF-REPAIRS WHEN IT RAINS
Rain would REPAIR rather than damage roads if they were made of the tyre-based pavement invented by Israel Antonio Briseño Carmona, a Mexican student and winner of the nation’s James Dyson Award.
3. BOLD VISIONS OF FUTURE MOBILITY
Design schools form an essential part of the CAR makers’ research pipeline, offering up an inexhaustible source of innovative thinking from bright young minds. Six students were shortlisted, all of whom refined their innovative designs and approaches, and presented them to a judging panel.
4. MORE HIGHWAYS, MORE PROBLEMS: PLANNING THE FUTURE OF MAJOR ROAD SYSTEMS
Countries around the world have urban, suburban, and rural problems – and it’s all connected by the problem itself. There are too many HIGHWAY systems. In some cities that are notoriously known for their traffic jams. This has also impacted how some forms of public transit, like rail cars and busses, operate, significantly reducing their efficiency. So why do we build these superhighways, and how can we fix their congestion?
5. SMART ROADS FOR FUTURE SMART CITIES
Various countries throughout the world have started their efforts in designing and implementing smart cities. An essential part of a smart city is transportation. This ESSAY, discusses the current state, developments, and some of the emerging advances in transportation technologies and how these advances in smart roads will prepare society towards the realization of future smart cities.
6. SMART ROADS: AN OVERVIEW OF WHAT FUTURE MOBILITY WILL LOOK LIKE
Transport engineering has recently undergone several signiﬁcant changes and innovations, one of which is the appearance and spread of autonomous vehicles; with this technology becoming more common and ordinary by the day, it is now necessary to implement some systems and contexts to facilitate autonomous vehicle operations. Consequently, a diﬀerent perspective is now arising when dealing with ROAD infrastructures, aiming to simplify and improve eﬃciency and maintenance of the existing roads, increase the life cycle of newly built ones, and minimize the economic and ﬁnancial impact at the same time.
7. A BRIEF HISTORY OF ROADS & WHY LONGEVITY AND RESILIENCE MATTER
The world saw more advancements in ROADWAY construction processes and technologies in the last 135 years than ever before. Dominated by conflict, the 20th century brought an increased need to efficiently move military resources across great distances. Just like the Romans, modern civil engineers built long stretches of highways to aid in war efforts.
Stay creative and see you all next week!