Designing Mobility for Democracy: The Role of Cities (Workshop at NYU, 4/14)

Designing Mobility for Democracy: The Role of Cities
NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge
New York University

NYU, Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium.
60 Washington Sq. New York. 4th Floor
14 April 1:00pm – 5:00pm

“Urban transport is a political and not a technical issue. The technical aspects are very simple. The difficult decisions relate to who is going to benefit from the models adopted.”

Enrique Peñalosa, Mayor of Bogota (1998-2001)

The Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University is hosting a half-day workshop on one of the critical dimensions of the contemporary city: mobility. Led by NYU Global Distinguished Professor Ricky Burdett, the open workshop will explore the social, cultural and political aspects of movement and transport systems and how they affect urban inequality. Speakers will discuss how time and space are mediated by a city’s ‘mobility DNA’, and how transport patterns determine access to jobs, social facilities and the public realm. Drawing on recent innovations in transport policy and practice in Cape Town, London, Bogota, Seattle and New York, the workshop will also address the role of governance in making cities fairer and more democratically accountable to its citizens.


– Ricky Burdett, Global Distinguished Professor, NYU and Professor of Urban
Studies, London School of Economics

– Jon Orcutt, Director of Policy, Department of Transportation, City of New
York and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration, Robert F.
Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University

– Richard Sennett, University Professor of the Humanities, New York
University, and School Professor of Sociology, emeritus, LSE

– Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University,
and Co-Chair Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University

– Gerald Frug, Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law, Harvard University
Edgar Pieterse, Professor, and Director of the African Centre for Cities,
University of Cape Town

– Diane Sugimura, Director of Planning and Development, City of Seattle

– Fabio Casiroli, Professor of Transport Planning, Faculty of Civil
Architecture, Polytechnic of Milan

– Tim Stonor, Loeb Fellowship, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Managing
Director, Space Syntax Limited

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