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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Argentina 2017
A huge infrastructure project was carried out in Buenos Aires which reduces congestion, emissions and the impact on the environment.
Buenos Aires is a city with more than 3 million inhabitants which receives another 3 million people every day, most of which come to the city to work or study. This massive movement had been generating a collapse in the city's downtown. This historical area, central in the mobility of millions, was completely congested in peak hours and, besides the ecological impact of the emissions generated by motorized vehicles in the area, this posed problems in terms of road safety, urban space use and traveling time.
In response to the hostile environment the Microcentro and the avenue Metrobus 9 de Julio had become for pedestrians, cyclists and people entering this part of the city every day, a plan to regenerate the urban space and rethink the mobility in this central area was developed by the Buenos Aires City Government. Its main objectives were to a) enhance mobility within and around the city's central area b) regenerate an urban environment with a high potential and c) incentivize healthy mobility ways such as cycling and walking as well as public transportation over private cars. A huge infrastructure project was carried out which reduces congestion, emissions and the impact on the environment.
Before the intervention of the Microcentro area and the Metrobus 9 de Julio, there were no precedents in Argentina of an urban intervention designed in hand with a reconfiguration of the mobility in an area. Even in the case of some cities that had encouraged the renovation and urban restoration of central areas, there had never been such a wide and inter-area approach to this. In fact, Buenos Aires adapted various aspects of similar cases around the world all while taking into account the cultural heritage and identity of the city.