Going Green - Experiencing the Ecomobile Lifestyle

A neighborhood turns ecomobile. Its residents try out a lifestyle without dependency on the private car and motorcycle: they walk, cycle, use small electric vehicles, try an autonomous minibus and the new tramway. This is what happened in the Hamasen neighborhood in Kaohsiung, the leading port city on the East Asian tropical island of Taiwan. Ecomobility is economical and environmentally friendly. Ecomobility is the prerequisite for a livable city with streets for people, not cars. But what does ecomobility feel like? How do new mobility habits emerge? How do residents experience their neighborhood free of cars and motorcycles?

 Going Green documents the mise-en-scène within the framework of the EcoMobility World Festival organized by the City of Kaohsiung in partnership with ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability in October 2017. Authors and photographer accompany citizens on their trips through the city before and—once ecomobile—during the experiment. The publication tells these stories, and so conveys both the fascination and the challenges of a new urban mobility for the future.

Bingyu Chiu and Konrad Otto-Zimmermann
Chinghui Liao and Konrad Otto-Zimmermann (eds.)
Going Green - Experiencing the Ecomobile Lifestyle
Softcover, 29.7x21cm, 64 pages, English
EUR (D) 19.95
ISBN 978-3-86859-512-3
JOVIS publishers, 2018

Change the way you move! -
A central business district goes ecomobile

The city of Johannesburg, the economic hub of southern Africa, ran adaring experiment that offered an alternative scenario for an urban future: as part of the EcoMobility World Festival, a hundred thousand commuters were requested to abandon their cars and convert to ecomobility for four weeks. Many Joburgers took up the challenge and used the improved bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, the additional public transport services and innovative urban vehicles in and around the Sandton business district.

Change the way you move! shares fascinating experiences from the EcoMobility World Festival 2015 an highlights solutions for an ecomobile urban future. Especially inspiring is not just the dedicated cooperation between the city administration, the business community and citizens, but also the contribution of the festival to social integration and to the overcoming of spatial apartheid.

Tobias Kuttler and Theresa Zimmermann
Change the way you move!
Softcover with flaps, 24x21cm, 88 pages, approx. 140 illustrations, English
EUR (D) 25.00
ISBN 978-3-86859-424-9
JOVIS publishers, June 2016

Neighborhood in Motion - Stadtquartier in Bewegung

The unimaginable happened in Suwon, South Korea: a neighborhood played the future: For the EcoMobility World Festival 2013, the 4,300 residents of the Haenggungdong neighborhood removed their 1,500 cars from the quarter and lived an ecomobile lifestyle for a full month. 

Neighborhood in Motion portrays the process of the unique mise-en-scène from idea to implementation; the unprecedented cooperation of local government with community groups, local businesses, international agencies, and cities worldwide; the dedication of community volunteers to protect and defend a carfree neighborhood; and the happiness that pervaded the community as it enjoyed carfree streets and open spaces for the people. Stunning photos demonstrate how ugly, dusty, and noisy streets were converted into livable spaces. And how the absence of 1,500 empty metal cages from the streets freed up opportunities for communitybuilding and neighborhood dialogue, and provided condition for safe locomotion and dignity for elderly and handicapped. The festival exalted imagination and encouraged creativity by all.

Konrad Otto-Zimmermann / Yeonhee Park (eds.)
Neighborhood in Motion
Softcover with flaps, 24x21 cm, 112 pages with approx. 250 ill., English/German
EUR (D) 28.00
ISBN 978-3-86859-294-8
JOVIS Publishers, January 2015 

Read sample pages here. 

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South Africa: loot.co.za - takealot.com 

China: We could not identify an online book store in China yet. 

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