Archive for April 22nd, 2009


As the above map, from the New Scientist, shows, a remarkable extent of the world is now covered in roads.

In fact, very little of the world’s land can now be thought of as inaccessible, according to a new map of connectedness created by researchers at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy, and the World Bank.

Relatedly, I was sent a link to an interesting looking new film, Division Street, by Eric Bendick, which seems to deal with the presence of roads in the landscape and the environmental implications.

Posted on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 at 3:05 pm by: Tom Vanderbilt
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The Car Garden

As an American land art enthusiast I, like many others, have spent hours trekking down desert roads to get Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, Michael Heizer’s Double Negative, or Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels, but Tom Merkel’s insane, insipred Car Garden, 1200 cars (and whatever was inside of them at the time they were acquired) out rusting on a California hillside, was new to me.

Via Car and Driver:

The major conglomeration, though, is a mile-long, four-lane clot of cars that snake through the garden with some precision. That’s the Lost Highway.

“The massive 20th-century time-capsule monument project, the Lost Highway, came about by happenstance,” he told me in a long handwritten letter (he doesn’t own a typewriter or a computer). “My folks had both died when I was 21, and to fill the emotional void, I had compulsive preservation . . .

“The four-lane, mile-long time-line traffic jam, vignettes, et cetera, are very much a massive time capsule from the 20th century—and a very honest one in that it’s honestly representational . . . . After all, everyone didn’t drive Mustangs, woodies, and ’34 Ford hot rods in the years following World War II as the movies would lead us to believe. Yet that’s all the young kids get to see.

“The work in progress is basically the 20th-century equivalent of the Chinese clay soldiers,” he rambled forth, referring to the astounding Terracotta Army of more than 6000 life-size statues uncovered by peasants in 1974 that for 2200 years have guarded the massive tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang near the city of Xi’an.

The Lost Highway is “a deliberate ruin, a cultural time capsule of sorts, a celebration of Southern California auto culture intended for the study and enjoyment of generations to come.

Its location is rather jealously guarded, though things magazine throws down the gauntlet to find it on Google Earth. Anyone got the coordinates?

Posted on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 at 12:26 pm by: Tom Vanderbilt
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World’s First Photo Enforcement Murder?

Via the Arizona Republic.

The shooting prompted both companies that operate photo-enforcement programs in the area to pull the mobile units from highways and roads while they reassess security measures.

(Thanks Ed)

Posted on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 at 10:56 am by: Tom Vanderbilt
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April 9, 2008.
California Office of Traffic Safety Summit
San Francisco, CA.

May 19, 2009
University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies
Bloomington, MN

June 23, 2009
Driving Assessment 2009
Big Sky, Montana

June 26, 2009
PRI World Congress
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

June 27, 2009
Day of Architecture
Utrecht, The Netherlands

July 13, 2009
Association of Transportation Safety Information Professionals (ATSIP)
Phoenix, AZ.

August 12-14
Texas Department of Transportation “Save a Life Summit”
San Antonio, Texas

September 2, 2009
Governors Highway Safety Association Annual Meeting
Savannah, Georgia

September 11, 2009
Oregon Transportation Summit
Portland, Oregon

October 8
Honda R&D Americas
Raymond, Ohio

October 10-11
INFORMS Roundtable
San Diego, CA

October 21, 2009
California State University-San Bernardino, Leonard Transportation Center
San Bernardino, CA

November 5
Southern New England Planning Association Planning Conference
Uncasville, Connecticut

January 6
Texas Transportation Forum
Austin, TX

January 19
Yale University
(with Donald Shoup; details to come)

Monday, February 22
Yale University School of Architecture
Eero Saarinen Lecture

Friday, March 19
University of Delaware
Delaware Center for Transportation

April 5-7
University of Utah
Salt Lake City
McMurrin Lectureship

April 19
International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (Organization Management Workshop)
Austin, Texas

Monday, April 26
Edmonton Traffic Safety Conference
Edmonton, Canada

Monday, June 7
Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals
Niagara Falls, Ontario

Wednesday, July 6
Fondo de Prevención Vial
Bogotá, Colombia

Tuesday, August 31
Royal Automobile Club
Perth, Australia

Wednesday, September 1
Australasian Road Safety Conference
Canberra, Australia

Wednesday, September 22

Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s
Traffic Incident Management Enhancement Program
Statewide Conference
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Wednesday, October 20
Rutgers University
Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation
Piscataway, NJ

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre
Injury Prevention Forum

Monday, May 2
Idaho Public Driver Education Conference
Boise, Idaho

Tuesday, June 2, 2011
California Association of Cities
Costa Mesa, California

Sunday, August 21, 2011
American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Attitudes: Iniciativa Social de Audi
Madrid, Spain

April 16, 2012
Institute for Sensible Transport Seminar
Gardens Theatre, QUT
Brisbane, Australia

April 17, 2012
Institute for Sensible Transport Seminar
Centennial Plaza, Sydney
Sydney, Australia

April 19, 2012
Institute for Sensible Transport Seminar
Melbourne Town Hall
Melbourne, Australia

January 30, 2013
University of Minnesota City Engineers Association Meeting
Minneapolis, MN

January 31, 2013
Metropolis and Mobile Life
School of Architecture, University of Toronto

February 22, 2013
ISL Engineering
Edmonton, Canada

March 1, 2013
Australian Road Summit
Melbourne, Australia

May 8, 2013
New York State Association of
Transportation Engineers
Rochester, NY

August 18, 2013 “Ingenuity” Conference
San Francisco, CA

September 26, 2013
TransComm 2013
(Meeting of American Association
of State Highway and Transportation
Officials’ Subcommittee on Transportation
Grand Rapids MI



April 2009

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