Cities & Mobilities Public Debate at Pakhuis de Zwijger


During the Cities & Mobilities Seminar Series more than 100 scholars, students, experts from public and private sector, artists and activists met each other and exchanged thoughts on how mobilities shape cities. We spoke about bikes and buses, tourism and AirBnB, homelessness and accessibility, transitions to sustainable mobility, borders, suburbia, public space, liveability, street markets…

It is time to bring some of the insights and questions from our discussion to the public and talk about Amsterdam – a crossroads of transnational and daily mobilities, a destination and a departure point, a city made and remade through mobility day by day.

So on November 14 at 20:00 we meet at Pakhuis de Zwijger to have an open discussion about the ways we talk about mobility, the ways we practice it and plan for it.

Save the date and join us!

Confirmed speakers: Marco te Brömmelstroet, UvA (aka @fietsprofessor), Thalia Verkade (De Correspondent), Zeeger Ernsting (City Council of Amsterdam), Bart Stuart & Klaar van der Lippe (Buro Spelen), Anna Nikolaeva, UvA/UU.

The programme will be published soon. Keep an eye on this blog or Pakhuis de Zwijger page.





Looking back at Seminar #1 Mobility and Place with Tim Cresswell. Lecture and Discussion.

On 27 October the seminar series Cities & Mobilities opened with by talk by Tim Cresswell “Maxwell Street: Writing and Thinking Mobility and Place in a Chicago Market” based on his forthcoming book. You can see the full talk on the website of the Centre for Urban Studies.

After the talk the discussion revolved around the stark contrast between the richness, the vibrancy of the place, the diversity of mobilities that criss-crossed Maxwell street, its palimpsestic nature and the language of the policy-makers and planners. The discussion proceeded to question the methodologies we use to describe places and ways in which scholars communicate their findings: how can the multiplicity of stories about mobility and place be explored and made visible and how such stories can have impact on policy – or should they aspire to that at all? Another interesting discussion developed around the transformation of cities whereby global financial market may be replacing and displacing actual physical markets (one of the oldest types of urban public space). We also spoke about transitions from human interaction and negotiation forming the basis of urban choreography of movement first towards regulatory frameworks, produced by humans, and more recently – towards algorithms.

Read more about the Cities & Mobilities Seminar series and come join the discussion!