Catharina Cavasin

Catharina Cavasin

Architect and Urban Planner. Teacher of Architecture and Urban Planning in the University: UNIDAVI. Master of Research in Planning and Urban Mobility by the Federal University of Santa Catarina

Location Florianópolis, Brazil


  • Catharina Cavasin made a comment

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for all the learning!
    I learned a lot and I will definitely apply it in my classes and, who knows one day, I will be able to apply it in practice, acting in my city.
    I am very grateful for all the knowledge acquired.

  • It would adapt the road network to implement BRT. I believe the most important would be Shift to different modes and Improve the transit with the BRT. Therefore, the backcasting program is to have the bus as the main mode of transport and the bicycle as a fundamental means for small trips, since the city has very steep areas. I believe it is a careful...

  • We have the use of car and motorcycle as the main modes of transport in Florianópolis, Brazil. Despite this, we have the opportunity to promote the use of bicycles, which are already widely used in some neighborhoods, despite the lack of adequate infrastructure. Cable Cars are suitable for the city and for low-income neighborhoods in steep areas.
    As a goal, I...

  • It is possible to see the presence of different actors in participatory processes. Neighborhood representatives, people in the real estate market and professionals in the field. There is often a clash between political and economic powers and the collective interest.

  • Travel by bus:

    Bored / Enthusiastic: +1

    Fed up / Engaged: 0

    Tired / Alert: -3

    Stressed / Calm: -2

    Worried / Confident: -2

    Hurried / Relaxed: 0

    Worst / Best: -1

    Low / High standard: -2

    Didn't work well / Worked well: +3

    Its difficult to travel by bus in Brazil, specially during the pademic. I feel unsafe for beeing a woman.

  • Cable cars / Highway

    City Design: +2 / -2
    Social equity: +2 / -1
    Environment: +1 / -2
    Economic: +2 / -2
    Well-being: +1/ - 1

    For me, the principal aspects would be social equity and income increase of the population living in the steep areas.

  • Cable cars:

    Here in the island of Florianópolis, Brazil, we have a dense, low-income, steep and isolated areas. The idea of using the cable car to connect this area to the downtown could improve the acessibility of this population groups, providing access to public equipments (education, health service, parks), to jobs and to other transports...

  • Case Study - Koto City:

    Positive impact: redution on costs of retrofit by preparing the buildings with EV infraestructure.

    Reasons for success: Preparation for Olympics and the interest in anticipate urban realities to decades ahead.

    Transferable: We see some similarity in buildings constructed for higher income groups in Brazil.

  • I can say that what has been exposed so far is applicable in Brazil. However, the high cost and difficulty of loading the vehicles could be a disadvantage.
    The eletric taxi would be the most difficult to implement, because I believe that the priority should be public transport. In addition, I believe that a risk when implementing electric vehicles would be...

  • I agree with the use of biofuels for public transport.
    The monocultures and the use of land would have a lot of impact, so I think the adequacy of the use is dependent of the mode of transport.

  • Great lecture! Thank you!

  • I picked a street near from my former house.
    This street is pretty unsafe for pedestrians and cyclists.
    I redesigned it with a cyclepath and a bus lane:
    The objective is to promote the walking and cycling in this area and to avoid the use of car, louwering the speed and providing a safer experience for those who already...

  • The Encicla example and the Ciclovía were examples that would fit in the context of Brazil. Here in Florianópolis, we have the same barriers of narrow streets, steep contexts and lack of cycle-lanes. Also, the example of the Car free day would be great for the university neighborhood. In addition, the provision of bike parking near from the transit stations...

  • Let's dare to hope!
    Great lecture

  • The walking beetween the bus stop and my work in Rio do Sul, Santa Catarina.

    People choose to walk, cycle and use public transport: 5

    A diverse mix of pedestrians: 5

    Environmental quality – good air quality, unpolluted: 3

    Places feel safe – from road danger and for personal safety: 6

    Not too noisy – low levels of traffic noise: 3

    Streets are...

  • So interesting! I wonder what the results show about the urban form and the perception of women.

  • So inspiring

  • Great examples.
    I believe that, similarly to the example of Medellin, the Park in Bogotá should have a mechanism to ensure the presence of different income groups and avoid the segregation with the high land price.

  • Thank you for sharing Marcos! It is really unnecessary to dedicate so much space to cars. I'm happy to see that you share the same opinion than me.

  • I saw o lot of similarity with Brazil. We have the iniciative but it's difficult to see it 100% complete.

  • In Florianópolis we have this Mode share: Walking (11%) cycling (4%) public transportation (34%) and private car (41%). It's pretty similar to Singapore.

    I think that the difference between cities is specially caused by the design and management of spaces and transportation infraestructure. The urban planning with long distance between the activities and a...

  • Maybe it can be informal transport

  • Catharina Cavasin made a comment

    Thank for all the learning!

  • My city don't have BRT.
    We don't have a dedicated right of way. We only have off-board fare collection in some bus stations. We also dont have a platform level boarding, which leds to a lot of accidents since the buses are too high. The ticket is not integrated between the different cities of the metropolitan area. The acess is not universal and we don't have...

  • In my opinion, BRT and Cable Cars could be used in Florianópolis, Brazil, since we have montains and neighborhoods in areas very steep. I see a lot of similarity between Colombia and Brazil. We have a lot of informal settements in marginal and steep areas. This could improve de acessibility to the central areas and reduce the physical isolation of this...

  • I have already used motorcycle taxis. It was a good and cheap option for me as the distance was long. This transport could be improved from Apps such as Uber, but aimed at motorcycles and lower-income populations.

  • indeed, it can be explored not only for means of transportation but also to explore tourism.

  • So interesting!!!
    it made me wonder how much transport solutions change according to different spatial realities. Physical-spatial characteristics lead to context-specific solutions.
    In my understanding, interventions like this should be accompanied by other interventions that provide urban infrastructure and public equipment to the local level, such as:...

  • Travelling by car is better because is more comfortable and quickly.
    We don't have a good BRT system here in Florianópolis, Brazil, and the travel time of the bus its almost three times bigger than the car.
    On the other hand, the price of gas is too high and we pay a lot of tax to have cars here. So is better to go by bus.
    I'm not considering the...

  • We need a better public transport here in Florianópolis, Brazil.
    It is necessary to reduce travel times, cost of the journey and improve the quality of the routes (avoid overcrowding).
    For a better experience throught walking we need better sidewalks, reduction of car speed and improve the security, specially to women.

  • ---Public Transport
    Instrumental factors: 1, 1, 1, -2, 2
    I usually take the bus to go downtown. This trip is generally easy and fast. But if I go to the other districts of the city it could be more difficult to say that I agree with theses evaluation.
    Affective factors: 2.1,-1,1,1,0.
    Symbolic: -1,-1,2.
    The bus is considered a low-income mode of...

  • Perfect video!
    Great to see his opinion about public transport beeing public service. We all have the right of a good mobility. In my opinion, if it is called public transportation then it should be free.

  • Happy to see a woman driving the tram!

  • @RomeoAlegre Thats interesting The jeepney and the tricycle are particular transports or public transports?

  • Great lecture. Thank you for the rich lessons.
    In São Paulo we have a over crowded BRT and Metro. In this cases, how can we offer more public transport? Is there a possibility to expand using The existent Services? What do you think would be a good solution?

  • I selected a street near from my home in Florianópolis, Brazil.
    This is a intersection that involves different roadways. This intersection is always very busy and, although it contains cycle lanes (in red) on one lane, it has little or no space for other modes. The sidewalks are unsafe and bumpy, it is difficult to cross the street and we usually have to make...

  • In Brazil we have parking charging in the central areas during the workweek.
    Here we don't have a lot of measures to reduce on-street parking¹. On the other hand we have laws requiring the provision of parking in buildings. This leds to the formation of large parking spaces in our cities.
    In the island of Florianópolis we have bridges that connect the...

  • Here in Brazil we have laws that make parking mandatory and define the minimum number of spaces. This regulation leads to the construction of giant parking lots, distancing the stores from the sidewalk and increasing the insecurity of those who are walking. In that case, what do you think we could do?

  • I Wonder how the cafe is run and how works this social enterprise. That is a interesting strategy to keep the urba vitality in different hours of the day. Like Jane Jacobs argues when She say about The combined uses and the eyes on The Street.
    I also like to know how they planned The traffic after these intervention

  • Good point

  • She is right, there are many concerns between urban planners in Brazil.
    Specially when we see that the major national urban interventions take place with the aim of urban renewal due to preparations to host mega-events. We have a lot of autors here in Brazil that discuss the effects of these mega-events and the resulting urban interventions, there are...

  • It's great to see good examples of TDM and how it was implemented so early in the European context. Successful cases like Freiburg should be used as an example in low / middle income countries, especially in the pandemic scenario, where it is safer to walk and cycle than to use public transport.

  • Great!!! Thank you for sharing. Following!