A Walk along the Street of Harmony in Penang

Penang Street of Harmony Project celebrates mutual tolerance illustrated by this amazingly cosmopolitan microcosm. – Anwar Fazal takes us for a walk down the Street of Harmony in Penang. The island of Penang, Malaysia, has long been a magnet for a multitude of people from all over the world and has over the last two […]

International Symposium on Travel Demand Management (TDM) Taipei invites Penang

* * * SPECIAL RATES FOR PARTICIPANTS FROM PENANG * * * The 8th International Symposium On Travel Demand Management is taking place in Taiwan from 27-29 September. All details at http://2017tdm.ntu.edu.tw/. In recognition to those who are involved in the present vigorous public debate on a viable transport strategy and plan for Penang, the […]

International Symposium on Travel Demand Management (TDM) , Taipei, Taiwan, September 26 – 29, 2017

Dear Friends and Colleagues, We are excited to announce the 8th International Symposium on Travel Demand Management (TDM), which will be held in Taipei, Taiwan, September 26 – 29, 2017. This conference seeks to link the international communities of researchers, practitioners, and decision-makers who are concerned about or experienced in the theory and implementation of […]

INVISIBILITIES: Just because you can’t see them (or prefer not to) doesn’t mean they are not there.

In a city, as in life, we normally register only what we set out to look for. The anomalies, the absences, the troubling, somehow escape our attention. But when it comes to transport, everywhere the eye might wander there are valuable clues, both visible and invisible, for planners and policy makers. However, if we fail […]

What if the circular economy were the future of transport?

The transport sector still has a good way to go to be in tune with circular economy and sustainable development principles. But solutions are emerging. The transport sector tops the CO2 emissions ratings in France. By 2015, for the first time in more than 10 years, greenhouse gas emissions from transport increased by 0.9%… Transport is also one […]

Circular Economy: Symposium, Master Class and Peer Review

Circular Economy: The Future of Business Symposium  of 23 June 2017 – https://goo.gl/af5oEU École des Ponts Business School Closing commentary, Eric Britton. Professor. Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy. Institut Supérieur de Gestion, Paris eric.britton@ecoplan.org | Twitter @ericbritton | Skype newmobility INTRODUCTION: I was invited by the Dean and faculty of the Ecole des Ponts Business […]

Op-Ed: On-street parking fees despite zero public transport?

Can on-street parking fees really help places with poor public transport?  – Paul Barter, Adjunct Associate Professor, LKY School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore I was asked this many times in Pune, India, while I was there on mission three weeks ago*. Parking is a hot topic in this Maharashtra city of about 5 million […]

Post Velo-City 2017 Op-Ed: On the need to re-connect cycling discourses with its core values

–  Esther Anaya-Boig,  Doctoral researcher at Imperial College London I have just returned from the latest Velo-city Global Cycling Summit organized this year in Arnhem-Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The best part of the conference experience for me was that it gave me an opportunity to catch up with so many old friends and making new ones […]

SLOW CITY: START HERE

FOR THE RECORD AND IN BRIEF: A Slow City is an urban development vision and quantifiable target, the first step of which is  (a) to reduce traffic accidents and their human and economic costs to zero  in the city, by (b) strategically slowing down traffic, over all the parts and the system as a whole. […]

Invitation to the New Mobility Fine Arts Collection: Summer 2017 SLOW CITY PENANG: TIME TO TAKE A GOOD HARD LOOK

SLOW CITY PENANG – AN INVITATION From the New Mobility Fine Arts Collection, Summer 2017. From 1 July – 1 September An online exhibit of shared photos, drawings, renderings, street art, child scribblings, videos, poems, proposed projects events . . . .illustrating these two very different sides of life in Penang: fast and slow. the […]

Leading the way: Visionaries, scientists, heroes and poets

Late night thoughts on some of the creative thinkers who over the last five decades have, each in their own highly individual ways,  entirely reshaped  our views of  a just, efficient and sustainable city. Not to be too aggressive here, but if you, as a planner, decision-maker, activist or student, are not familiar with the […]

________________ SLOW CITY READER ________________ From the Archives of World Streets: 2009-2017

Useful background references from the archives of World Streets to lend a hand to planners, policy makers, researchers, NGOs, students, media and others concerned with the challenges of sustainable cities in general, and in particular those of calming traffic speeds in combination with other complementary measures to change, to improve  and to soften the face […]

A Slow City Primer from the World Resources Institute ______________ THE NEED FOR SAFE SPEEDS ______________

  Four Surprising Ways Slower Driving Creates Better Cities Text extracts from article from TheCityFix of 9 May 2016.  Full text and excellent  didactic graphics at https://goo.gl/9tydC6

SLOW CITY TRANSITION: NOTES FOR A THINKING EXERCISE

The idea of slowing top speeds on traffic in the city to reduce accidents and achieve other important systemic benefits would seem like a pretty sensible, straightforward and affordable thing to do. For a lot of reasons.  Let’s have a look. * To get going, you may also want to check out our Slow City […]

INTRODUCING DESPACIO (QUIETLY/ SLOWLY/RELAX)

Despacio is an international collaborative program out of Bogotá Colombia, established by Carlos Felipe Pardo and colleagues in Bogotá Colombia founded  in 2011, whose work spans three principal areas: * Development and life cycle * Urban-regional development * Climate change, low carbon policies and emissions reduction

Organizing our thoughts on Slowth (Slow Cities)

The  Slow Movement) advocates a cultural shift toward slowing down life’s pace. It began with Carlo Petrini‘s protest against the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant in Piazza di Spagna, Rome in 1986 that sparked the creation of the slow food movement. Over time, this developed into a subculture in other areas, like the Cittaslow organisation […]