The city in human scale
The urban mobility problems are evident in the contemporary world as they become a challenge faced by the largest cities in the world, which run into problems as the privilege to individual transportation. The Danish urbanist Jan Gehl, specialized in creating “city for people” who pleads four points that would be an ideal city, it must be living, sustainable, safe and healthy (city of people, JAN GEHL, 2014).
For Gehl, the human dimension has been seriously neglected in urban planning in the past 50 years due to lack of studies and vision of city planners to what he calls the “ground floor”. It is first thought in the building forms, the skyline, the city view from the airplanes, forgetting about the people and urban life.
He argues that the city should be created for people, for socializing at the eye level, to the quality of life, against the pursuit for the forms and friendly for the human scale.rnInspired by studies of Gehl and taking advantage of the digital avalanche where the habits of people in the world have changed thanks to the smartphone massification is that comes the “Kamm” and application that aims to facilitate the movement of pedestrians in cities.
The algorithm of the application is a recommendation system that indicates the best way, considering the distance, the physical effort of the people (when there are hills in the paths), the situation of sidewalks, security (viewing points on the map where occurs more frequently theft, robbery, run overs and street without crosswalk), tree-lined streets and the popularity of the route.
Another point is the power of “crowdsourcing” most of the information was generated by users, being able to evaluate the conditions of the spaces of cities, reporting problems directly to the local government.