The Cities & Mobilities seminar series in 2017-2018 generated a whole community of academics and practitioners interested in keeping the conversation going. So, in 2019 I decided to use the remaining amount of the grant, awarded to me by the Centre for Urban Studies to crowdsource ideas for new events. Together with the Centre for Urban Studies we have issued the call, reviewed the submissions and selected three winners. In the upcoming spring and summer you can anticipate the following events:
THE POST-MOBILE CITY: CO-CREATING URBAN FUTURES BEYOND THE MOBILITY IMPERATIVE
Image source: Pixabay
Contemporary cities are fundamentally dependent on mobility. This constitutes both a resilience and an environmental problem as transport systems are not only vulnerable to disruptions, but also highly destructive for the environment. With the aim of creating an alternative to this state-of-affairs, this initiative will engage local citizens and policy-makers in envisioning a post-mobile future for their cities: one where citizens can, but do not need or even want to, travel to or consume products from elsewhere. How does this post-mobile city might look like? Which technologies, practices, and cultural understandings will make it a desirable and feasible (or perhaps undesirable and dangerous) future? The Post-Mobile City initiative will co-create with local citizens and policy-makers critical answers to these radical questions.
Format: small-scale workshops and a closing public event
António Ferreira, University of Porto, Portugal, Jan Duffhues, the City of Amsterdam, Marco te Brömmelstroet, University of Amsterdam, Peter Ache, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Peter Pelzer, Utrecht University.
ACTIVE MODE BLOCK PARTY:
better cities for active modes
Image source: Gamelab, TU Delft
During the Active Mode Block Party researchers and citizens have the opportunity to meet and set the future for active mode friendly cities in an artistic environment that makes you aware of the pros and cons of urban data. For the past 4 years researchers associated to the Allegro project investigated strategic, tactical and operational facets of our daily lives as cyclists and pedestrians. With this project coming to an end, we like to share our findings and inspire you to find a way to apply them yourself. In the Active Urban Game we will bring our findings together with your creativity and look for new solutions that lead to more “active mode friendly” cities. We will keep track of the impact of the proposed solutions on emissions, space, and resident happiness.
Summarizing: if you want to:
⁃ Know the ‘What’ and ‘Why’ of Pedestrian and Cyclist Research
⁃ Understand good and bad data in cities
⁃ Shape the “active mode” city you want to live in
then don’t miss out on this event, coming soon in May 2020!
Format: presentation and interactive game
Alphonse Vial, TU Delft, Danique Ton, TU Delft, Giulia Reggiani, TU Delft, Lara-Britt Zomer Samuel, TU Delft, Samuel Nello-Deakin, University of Amsterdam.
REHEARSING THE FUTURE: HOW FUTURE SOCIETY MIGHT VALUE OUR STREETS
Source: A still from the video by PBL, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
Rethinking the street and the urban network is a common factor in mobility planning throughout larger cities around the world. It is clear the idea of what a street should be is shifting, though – as the future is inherently uncertain – it is hard to see what the street of the future should look like. PBL devised a set of scenarios for urban planning and mobility, that can be used to think through uncertainty. There have been 40 plus lectures and workshops with these scenario’s, most of which were centered around strategic city planning or large scale mobility issues. This spring we organize a design workshop, where we test the value of uncertainty and scenario thinking in practical design issues on the lower scale.
Format: design workshop
Organisers: Danielle Snellen and Anton van Hoorn, PBL, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.
Dates, locations and registration options will follow later