Conference: Mobilities in Cities: From Visible to Invisible (Session 3)

Friday, April 11, 2014
Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall

Mobilities in Cities: From Visible to Invisible

Diana Barco, Assaf Biderman, Adam Greenfield, Walter Hook, Hiroo Ichikawa, Greg Lindsay, Eric J. Miller, Xuefei Ren, Claire Roberge, Saskia Sassen, Richard Sennett, Doris Tarchópulos, and John Urry

The fifth annual conference on cities and modern urban realities will bring together scholars from architecture, civil engineering, sociology, and other disciplines, with practitioners whose work addresses the acute issues of urban life. In particular focus will be the subject of mobilities, including visible ones like cars, bikes, walking and crowds, as well as invisible ones like digital and mechanical networks.


10:00am Urbanizing Technology: The Audi Urban Future Initiative

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

10:30am-12:00pm Today’s Mobility Spaces and Beyond

How Motion Came to Dominate Urban Space
Richard Sennett
University Professor of Humanities, New York University and Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science

Urban Form, Transport Networks and Travel Demand: The Accessibility Nexus
Eric J. Miller
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Director, University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute, University of Toronto

Moving beyond the ‘Car’
John Urry
Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University and author of Societies beyond Oil: Oil Dregs and Social Futures (Zed 2013) and Offshoring (Polity 2014)

12:00pm-12:15pm: Break

12:15pm-1:15pm Transmobilities

Toward Transmobility
Adam Greenfield
Founder and managing director, Urbanscale and Senior Urban Fellow, LSE Cities

The Future of Urban Mobility in China
Xuefei Ren
Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Urban Studies, Michigan State University

1:15pm-2:15pm: Lunch Break

2:15pm-4:00pm Measuring, Making, Subverting Urban Futures

What does the Global Power City Index 2013 tell us about Mobility in New York, Tokyo and two other cities?
Hiroo Ichikawa
Dean, Graduate School of Governance Studies, Meiji University and Executive Director, Mori Memorial Foundation, Japan

Moving Bits
Assaf Biderman
Associate Director, SENSEable City Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bogotá: Urban Space for a New Mobility
Diana Barco
Co-curator, Bogotá Urban Interactions and Future Mobility, Audi Urban Future Initiative
Doris Tarchópulos
Associate Professor and Director of the MA in Urban and Regional Planning, Architecture School, Javeriana University and Co-curator and Co-director, Bogotá Urban Interactions and Future Mobility, Audi Urban Future Initiative

4:00pm-4:15pm: Break

4:15pm-5:45pm Programming Mobility

Reprogramming Mobility
Greg Lindsay
Visiting Scholar, NYU Rudin

Modes of Mobility: Restricted, Imposed, Ignored, Opened or Hacked
Claire Roberge
Researcher, Urbanizing Technology: The Mobility Complex

Comparative Political Economy of Sustainable Transport
Walter Hook
Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy

5:45pm Closing Remarks: What is next in this research project?
Saskia Sassen

Organized by Saskia Sassen for the Committee on Global Thought
Co-sponsored by the Committee on Global Thought and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
This conference is supported by Audi and part of the Audi Urban Future Initiative


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