We are happy to announce an upcoming event that STC is organizing in cooperation with the 4CITIES Program in Urban Studies at University of Vienna and the Municipal Department of Urban Development and Planning of the City of Vienna.
Imagineering Streets for the Post-Carbon City
29 FEB 2016, 17:00-19:00
At: Wiener Planungswerkstatt, Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 9, 1010 Vienna
Featuring talks by and discussion with:
Angelika Winkler > MA 18, Urban Development & Planning, City of Vienna
Mike Lydon > Principal, The Street Plans Collaborative
Florian Lorenz > Director, Smarter Than Car
Key Topics: future urban mobility; temporary use; tactical urbanism; planning for transition
A growing emphasis on urban livability, changing mobility patterns, and the need to overcome urban environmental challenges have upended the paradigm of car-centric urban development. In turn, cities across the globe are changing the ways in which public urban space is used, planned for, and built. This ongoing transformation needs to accelerate if we are to reach the goal of carbon-neutrality by 2050 as agreed upon at the recent COP21 in Paris.
In cities across the globe major portions of public space are reserved for parking privately owned cars. In Vienna, nearly 70% of street space is given to motor vehicles, despite the fact that privately owned cars remain inactive, on average, 95% of the time. The transition away from fossil fuels and private motor vehicles offers great potential for citizens to reclaim urban space and improve urban livability and health.
In this context, citizens play an increasing role in shaping urban public space. Citizen participation has been recognized by international urban policy documents since the 1992 Rio summit, and this year the New Urban Agenda will be agreed upon during the Habitat III conference. Undoubtedly, the process itself and the policies integrated in this document will reflect the ability of civil society to collaborate with professional planners in transforming urban development.
The proliferation of participatory planning processes, grassroots urban development projects, and tactical urbanism interventions substantiate the demand for and responsibility of citizen engagement in building post-carbon cities. But what tools and processes are available to the general public, city administrators, and urban planners? How can public spaces be quickly, inexpensively, and creatively transformed to test new ideas for tackling big issues?
This session of the 4CITIES Urban Actors series of talks includes:
• a look at the challenges and global processes ahead that frame the stakes for the rebuilding of urban spaces;
• how tactical urbanism and its globally diverse applications are reimagining and reshaping public spaces;
• how city administration in Vienna is creating urban policy and strategy in a participatory way for reshaping urban mobility and public space.