Globally, the dominant transport narrative features the automobile. How did this story emerge? Why is it so appealing? How does this story impact our lives? Can transport planners refocus the current math-based approach to mobility in a way that is more considerate of humans and the way they interact in cities? How can we, the people, improve our city by sharing our stories? You’re welcome to join the conversation.
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Prof. dr. Zef Hemel is a professor of Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam and advisor for the Amsterdam Economic Board. Hemel is a leading thinker and writer on innovative, democratic and sustainable planning approaches for the 21st century. His most current project – Volksvlijt 2056 – reflects on the economic future of Amsterdam’s metropolitan region and makes the case for more participatory planning approaches. Today Hemel will reflect on the role of storytelling in urban planning and how planners can co-create more desirables visions for the future.
Dr. Roland Kager is a researcher at the Urban Cycling Institute and transport advisor for Studio Bereikbaar. He has been nominated for the 2016 Cycling Professional, in part for his innovative research into the bike-train combination as an alternative to auto-mobility. His work explains the rapid growth of this system in the Netherlands and offers insight into how we might design transit oriented developments (TOD) around the bicycle. Today Kager will discuss the dominance of the model-based, engineering approach to transportation planning, and will make the case for an alternative, social-science approach.