Enrique Peñalosa, Mayor of Bogota, believes transportation is “a political and not a technical issue.” If this is the case then how do we design innovative and efficient transit systems in democracies? In countries where private property rights are not as strong and participatory planning is not the norm, local governments are able approach transportation planning as almost purely a technical issue. This is often the approach in Chinese cities. However, cities in more democratic nations have the added layers of politics to plan for.
The Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University will attempt to address these issues as they host a workshop on Designing Mobility for Democracy: the Role of Cities. The workshop will examine the role of governance in making cities fairer and more democratically accountable to its citizens by examining recent innovations in Cape Town, London, Bogota, Seattle and New York. Find more information about the workshop here.
Apr 14, 2011 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM NYU, Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium. 60 Washington Square South New York. 4th Floor
- Ricky Burdett – London School of Economics
- Jon Orcutt – Department of Transportation, City of New York
- Richard Sennett – New York University
- Saskia Sassen – Columbia University
- Gerald Frug – Harvard University Law School
- Edgar Pieterse – University of Cape Town
- Diane Sugimura – City of Seattle Planning Department
- Fabio Casiroli – Polytechnic of Milan
- Tim Stonor – Harvard Graduate School of Design