Landscape Architecture & Urban Interventions

LISBOA HORIZONTAL IS THE BIG WINNER AT VODAFONE’S BIG SMART CITIES COMPETITION !

Is Lisbon a horizontal city? Yes, it is! More than being a service to make a smarter city, Lisboa Horizontal comes to demystify the idea that cycling in Lisbon is impossible. Based on the topographic information of the city, we are developing an app for cyclists offering routes within the city, with the minimum possible incline. The first urban route planner with the topography embedded ! In addition to 10.000 Euros prize, we will receive a startup acceleration prize: incubation space in Vodafone Power Labs in Lisbon, mentoring, hosting and support on the implementation process. Now how cool is that !

LISBOA HORIZONTAL IS AT BIG SMART CITIES APPATHON

You know it’s hot outside, when it’s 8AM and temperatures rise above 30°C. We’re ready to fry our brains out. Today we are preparing, testing and adjusting our final pitch on 2 intense days of the Big Smart Cities Appathon at CIUL – Centro de Informação Urbana de Lisboa, putting the finishing touch to our business model and having our working prototype tested. Nothing perfect yet, but we’re getting there !

Lisboa Horizontal in the finals of Vodafone’s Big Smart Cities competition

Finding the easiest, flattest, fastest or most bike friendly route has always been a difficult one to tackle when cycling in Lisbon. In the end of October 2014, we started studying the topography of the city, and calculated the slope of each and every single street in Lisbon, the city of 7 hills. Therefore we modeled 102 km² of city topography, checked the slopes of 1093 km of streets and resumed it to +86.000 segments of street slopes. The results where impressive: 691km of streets (63% of the city) have slopes of less than 4%, making it possible for everyone to ride a bike. We translated this study in a project proposal for a logical, easy to cycle and horizontal network of cycling paths: Lisboa Horizontal. In the end of April, we got out of our comfort zone and started thinking of making a smartphone application with the data derived from our Lisboa Horizontal study. This way, we could open up our data to the citizens of Lisbon, and show them another side of the city, hoping to get them on the bike. Out of more than 300 candidates, we were selected in the category of Smart Mobility to be part of the 20 […]