27
Sep

2014

Weekly Roundup: Oran, Algeria to Study Construction of Two Cable Cars

Post by Nick Chu

 

Oran, Algeria. Image by Flickr user Maya-Anaïs Yataghène.

A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of urban gondolas, cable cars and cable propelled transit:

  • Oran, the second largest city in Algeria (pop: 1.5 million) will be studying two urban cable car systems. One system will connect to the Port while the second system will improve transport options for the town of Ain El Turck.


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19
Sep

2014

Weekly Roundup: Urban Cable Cars Open in La Paz and Algiers; Proposals in Sydney, New York and Quito

Post by Nick Chu

A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of urban gondolas, cable cars and cable propelled transit:



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18
Sep

2014

Cable Car Photo of the Week: Teleférico do Funchal

Post by Nick Chu

Teleférico do Funchal. Image by Flickr user David Stanley.

Photographer: 

Photo by Flickr user David Stanley.

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Every Thursday, the Gondola Project team will select stunning captures of CPT lines. We hope this will continue to bring more attention to the technology and provide visually impactful examples of cable car systems worldwide. If you’d like to submit or nominate a picture for our “Photo of the Week”, we’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below or send us an email at gondola@creativeurbanprojects.com.



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16
Sep

2014

Emergency Response Cable Car: Alto Hospicio and Iquique, Chile

Post by Nick Chu

Post by Mauricio Miranda.

Throughout the world, Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) technology is already being employed in countless innovative ways. But a new project in Chile has the potential to add another application to that list.

The country’s government is looking to build a cable car system that would serve as an emergency-response tool in an area prone to seismic activity.

Rendering. Image from Latercera.

Rendering of proposed cable car connecting Alto Hospicio ad Iquique. Image from Latercera.

The idea itself has been debated for a decade, but like many infrastructure projects, it became a highly politicized topic. However, a particularly powerful earthquake this past spring off the coast of Chile highlighted just how fragile the connectivity between the northern towns of Alto Hospicio and Iquique is.

This is an area that constantly suffers from very strong seismic events. And what makes it even worse for Iquique is that its only ground access depends on the Autopista Alejandro Soria, a narrow 10-kilometre road that connects it to Alto Hospicio. The road has already sustained damage along the entire stretch, and any further deterioration could leave Iquique in total isolation.

Here’s a look at the condition of the road this past April:

Image from 24horas.cl

Image from 24horas.cl

Iquique has 90,000 residents and, according to Chilean urbanists, more than 40% of Iquique’s urban development is in a flood risk area. Experts claim that a massive earthquake with an epicentre in the region  could critically damage their entire road network. Such an event would likely cut citizens off from common services and necessities, putting the whole city on a extreme state of alert.

Map of Alto Hospicio and Iquique.

Map of Alto Hospicio and Iquique.

The Chilean government strongly believes that a $40 million USD cable car system is the best option for providing emergency response services should such a catastrophe occur, as well as a way of offering better public transit and increasing local tourism. It’s worth noting that other cable car systems have already been built to withstand and meet these demanding conditions.

For example, the Portland Aerial Tram is designed to exceed US Seismic standards. Image by Flickr user Jeramey Jannene.

So despite the years of debate, the idea of the Iquique-Alto Hospicio cable car remains very popular — the community wants it and the government is ready to fund it. Recently, Chilean president Michelle Bachelet officially included it in the budget for her Infrastructure, Development and Inclusion plan.

Overall, this Chilean cable car is truly fascinating concept. While I have never heard of cable cars being used for disaster relief, should this system prove successful I suspect that we may see many more emergency response gondolas in the future.

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12
Sep

2014

Weekly Roundup: Medellin’s Mayor Announces City’s Third Metrocable (Urban Cable Car Line)

Post by Nick Chu

View of Medellin from El Picacho – Image by Flickr user Omar Uran.

A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of urban gondolas, cable cars and cable propelled transit:

  • Curo, the developers for a new suburb in Bath, England have reportedly revealed renderings for their cable car development plans. These designs were created after a year of community meetings and workshops. The cable car will link Foxhill to the city centre. Detailed plans can be viewed this weekend at the St. Andrew’s Community Church.

 



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11
Sep

2014

Cable Car Photo of the Week: Roosevelt Island Tram

Post by Nick Chu

Roosevelt Island Tram. Image by Flick user Paul Weber.

Photographer: 

Photo by Flickr user Paul Weber.

About:

Every Thursday, the Gondola Project team will select stunning captures of CPT lines. We hope this will continue to bring more attention to the technology and provide visually impactful examples of cable car systems worldwide. If you’d like to submit or nominate a picture for our “Photo of the Week”, we’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below or send us an email at gondola@creativeurbanprojects.com.



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09
Sep

2014

Ropeway Simulator 2014

Post by Nick Chu

Ropeway Simulator 2014.

Perhaps as a testament to the growing popularity of cable cars and gondolas amongst our youth, Astragon Software recently released a video game called Ropeway Simulator 2014. The game takes you through the experience of building and managing your very own ropeway! Players are allowed to choose from up to 10 different types of lifts.

While I desperately would like to play this game, it unfortunately is not available for Mac users. So until I can find my old PC, I can only based my comments from online descriptions.

After quickly watching a Youtube review by Mr Black Plays, it seems like the game is a test of your mouse clicking abilities. Once a player chooses their area of interest, they’re required to meticulously pinpoint and select tower locations and adjust its height, curvature and base angle.

Screenshot from MrBlackPlays.

Tower adjustments. Screenshot from MrBlackPlays.

After the correct adjustments are made, you’re finally allowed to build your ropeway and start transporting your guests! Whoo-hoo!

Since the Youtube clip only shows a small segment of gameplay, I imagine that later stages would be even more difficult.

One limited feature I notice immediately is that you are only allowed to choose from two ropeway settings: summer and winter. Perhaps if this game is popular enough, I hope that the developers will introduce a third environment, urban/city, in their next release.

And if this game is anything remotely similar to game simulators from my days as a child (i.e. Sim City 3000, Roller Coaster Tycoon), then Ropeway Simulator could possibly be the breeding ground for the next generation of ropeway planners!

Now all I have to do is find that old Toshiba laptop of mine. Happy gaming.

 



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