Oct 24, 2014
Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup: Students Propose Urban Gondola in Zurich; Vietnam Plans Cable Car in World’s Largest Cave

A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of urban gondolas, cable cars and cable propelled transit: As part of their undergraduate studies, two students from ZHAW (Zurich University of Applied Sciences) have proposed an urban cable car for Zurich. The system appears to connect commuters from a...

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Jun 24, 2013
Design Considerations, Zurich Gondelbahn

Two Old (And Awesome) Gondolas In Zurich

As we’ve learned from the BUGA festivals in Germany (here and here), there are few things German-speakers love more than to look at flowers while riding cable cars. Why? Why not? Who am I to judge? And apparently this trend is not new: In the mid-part of the 20th century, Zürich hosted a horicultural fair and...

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Jan 16, 2013
Installations, Rigiblick Funicular, Zurich Polybahn

Zurich’s Urban Funiculars: The Polybahn and Rigiblick Funicular

This is a guest post by Ross Edgar. The Swiss city of Zurich has a long heritage with the operation of funicular cable systems. At one time there were three funiculars within the city limits until the Dolderbahn was converted into a rack railway in 1973. Today, two funiculars remain in Zurich: the Polybahn in...

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Nov 07, 2012

Pearson vs. Klotten: Transit Connectivity

I recently read an article in Canada’s Globe and Mail that made me smile. The article, entitled Air-rail link to boost travel – and ‘wow’ factor, discusses how my hometown of Toronto “has been waiting for decades for a direct link between the airport and downtown” and how “at last . . . it’s finally taking...

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Nov 24, 2010
Urban Planning & Design

Im Viadukt, Zürich

Recently I was in Zurich, Switzerland and stumbled across this: What you’re looking at is Im Viadukt, a new commercial and shopping district built into the stone mason arches of Zurich’s Wipkingen Viadukt. Originally the Viaduct dates from 1894 and was used to ferry passenger trains into the core of Zurich. Like most elevated infrastructure, the...

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