October 29, 2019  |  permalink

reSITE 2019: REGENERATE in Eight Quotes

(Have I mentioned I was the guest curatror for the 2019 edition of reSITE? As a final (final) recap of this year’s conference, please watch the highlights video above and read below for eight quotes by speakers summarizing the conference. A little sad I won’t be returning next year, but it’s been an honor and a pleasure to curate the last two years.)

“Dull, inert cities, it is true, do contain the seeds of their own destruction and little else. But lively, diverse, intense cities contain the seeds of their own regeneration, with energy enough to carry over for problems and needs outside themselves.” – Jane Jacobs

No, the late Jane Jacobs didn’t make it to our conference this year, but her words couldn’t be more timeless. This year, a global roster of mayors and architects, developers and designers, curators, and activists took to the reSITE 360-degree stage to dissect the idea of regenerating our cities from every angle.

Here are some of our favorite quotes we still have stuck in our heads from the 8th annual event keeping us inspired - and mindful - in how we go forth in designing and developing for future generations.


1. “Creativity is the ultimate renewable energy.” – Ravi Naidoo, Design Indaba

Ravi Naidoo, founder of the world-renowned festival Design Indaba, kicked off reSITE 2019 with words that rang throughout the two days of inspring ideas on city-making.“Creativity is the ultimate renewable energy” and is also the ultimate anthem to how we defined REGENERATE. When we are thinking about regenerating our cities to be more sustainable, more lovable, more accessible and more inclusive, we see our own regenerative creativity as the key.


2. “We’re forgetting that we have collective power.” –  Bianca Wyllie, TechReset Canada

Bianca Wylie has made a name for herself by putting what’s problematic about Toronto’s controversial smart city project developed by Sidewalk Labs on the map. Her outspoken, self-published criticisms of tech companies sliding their way into public spaces under the guise of liveability and the agenda of profit, have forced us to reconsider the dark side of smart cities. Wylie argues that public space isn’t a commodity and that it puts us close to undermining our democracy while reminding us to not be passive when it comes to who, or what, we are really building our cities for.


3. “With technology, we can design for uncertainty and rethink together the future of our cities.” – Marianthi Tatari, UNStudio

Dutch UNStudio’s Marianthi Tatari presented the other side of the coin on smart cities with what their aim to build the “smartest neighborhood in the world” - Brainport District. She reminded us that when used responsibly, this sort of technology can actually be beneficial to our lives, as long as we still retain privacy and control over where that data goes. It’s a reminder that we are building cities for people - not for profit.


4. “Making something that doesn’t feel like somewhere else that we’ve been.” – Thomas Heatherwick, Heatherwick Studio

In times where it seems there is nothing new under the sun, we applaud Heatherwick’s intentions and design process with his delicate approach to regeneration projects like Coal Drops Yard and Zeitz MOCAA which seem to capture just that. Known for his varied work defying the conventional classification of design disciplines, Thomas founded Heatherwick Studio to bring the practices of design, architecture and urban planning together in a single workspace. Next, he will bring those same principals to the Saravin complex and a whole new life to Prague’s Nové Město. We can only imagine what life will be pumped into this space!


5. “Every community has seeds of their own regeneration, right there.” – Emmanuel Pratt, Sweetwater Foundation

It just takes some intention and intervention to cultivate it. Emmanuel Pratt advises that giving people in vulnerable communities the tools to regenerate themselves creates an active process and a sense of ownership, making it easier for members to find that space to create. Pratt is a co-founder of the Sweetwater Foundation and 2019 MacArthur prize winner. He focuses on the transformative processes of economic development through intersections of food security and sustainable design innovation for the communities who need it most.


6. “We have to be ready for the city to shape us and not the other way around.” – Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor of West Sacramento

It’s an important discussion, one we’ve been discussing at reSITE events about who we include in the conversation on planning our urban spaces. The mayor of West Sacramento, Christopher Cabaldon makes the case for the fluid transaction that perhaps using the city to change the minds of the people helps progress us forward, rather than the other way around. Speaking from his 14-year reign in the California capital suburb, Cabaldon has turned the city around into what is considered one of the most livable small cities in the United States.


7. “If you can’t put yourself in the position of the other side, then you can’t be part of the conversation.” – Jee Liu, WallaceLiu

Perhaps a statement that could be applied towards solving just about any problem. Jee Liu, WallaceLiu represents a new generation of architects, building her co-founded studio on the complex relationships between the new and the old along with the importance of imersing yourself into the culture and perspectives of people. We couldn’t agree more.


8. “Every day is a regeneration of yourself.” – Eva Jiřičná, A.I. Design

Iconic Czech-born architect Eva Jiřičná had an ethereal kind of wisdom as she chatted with reSITE 2019 curator Greg Lindsay on our informal Live Mic stage. During the event, we are often talking about the regeneration on a large scale found in mostly tangible places around our cities, but it also happens on a microscale daily, amounting to the sum of the bigger picture. It brings us back full-circle to the first quote from Ravi Naidoo on creativity being the ulimate renewable energy.

Our trailblazing reSITE speakers, whose ideas, thoughts and questions left us to revitalize our own and reminded us of the fluidity regeneration holds. We all have the power to REGENERATE the way we engage our communities, utilize technology, and creatively innovate to redefine the spaces we live in for generations to come.

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September 30, 2019  |  permalink

Aerial Futures: Newburgh Enclosures

Back in May, the think/do tank Aerial Futures invited me to join a one-day workshop in Newburgh, NY to explore how the expanding connectivity of Stewart International Airport could play a pivotal role in the revitalization of the Hudson River Valley. Please click on the video above for my thoughts among many other smart people.

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September 29, 2019  |  permalink



(Last week, I was fortunate enough to guest curate the 8th annual reSITE festival in Prague — my fourth and likely final appearance, twice as curator. The official press release is below; if you’d prefer to listen in podcast form, Monocle has you covered. Personal highlights included Bianca Wylie laying waste to smart cities; McMansion Hell’s Kate Wagner dissecting sprawl-under-one-roof, and the Sweetwater Foundation’s Emmanuel Pratt on bottom-up regeneration. Video soon!)

In its most diverse edition yet, reSITE 2019 hosted a rich and interdisciplinary conversation about the future of life in cities. Centered on the theme of regeneration, the discussion tackled natural and urban revitalization, our collective power and responsibility as individuals and institutions to organize and solve the problems of climate change and housing affordability, among many. Others discussed the need to regenerate our public spaces to push back against an all-consuming online world. Technology will also play a role in planning for uncertainty, they argued.

“Regeneration has to be a continuous process. And I ask us to be mindful, when we think of regeneration,” Martin Barry opened the 8th global forum hosted by reSITE, which attracted twelve hundred participants from 25 countries to 3 stages, side events and parties.

Lessons learned
When it comes to cities, the whole of urban life is greater than the sum of its parts. As Tech Reset Canada’s Bianca Wylie noted, in the original translation of the phrase, the sum is also different than the whole of its parts. Cities are the sum of designers, developers, artists, citizens, public officials, entrepreneurs, and the displaced, she added, but rarely do each of these constituencies gather in the same room or even speak the same language, and cities suffer for it. “reSITE is literally that room,” guest curator Greg Lindsay noted — the event that frames the future of cities through all of these perspectives and convenes them in one place.  Against the backdrop of the climate crisis and the 20th September global climate strike, Wylie and her fellow speakers called on attendees to remember the collective power we possess as citizens, and architect Chris Precht reminded them that “Our generation asks, what is possible? Not what is profitable.”

What will be remembered from reSITE 2019
Thomas Heatherwick (Heatherwick Studio) disclosed at reSITE a new project to be built in Prague, the regeneration of Savarin complex adjacent to Wenceslas square, by Crestyl. He insisted that we should “keep old buildings and work around them. The blessing of old building is their texture and soulfulness. The places we love tend to be multi-layered.” He explained that his approach is “making something that doesn’t feel like somewhere else that we’ve been.“

Ravi Naidoo, the Founder of Design Indaba, kicked the conference off, asking us all to look introspectively with the question “What’s design for? Is it in service for people? Give it a higher purpose and a more noble service.” He stated that human creativity is the ultimate renewable energy, underlining the importance of technology for regeneration: “In the last century, it was enough to be literate, now you have to be techno-literate.“ and finally reminding us of the immense energy created in all of us coming together, coalescing and making it a force for good.

Chris Precht expressed the voice of his generation. He said that this generation of architects isn’t concerned with theory or concepts. “We’re concerned with the environment, with climate change, with sustainability. Our planet doesn’t care about fictional stories. Today we should build not for fictional stories but for our objective reality.” His practice creates spaces that connect with our senses. We can smell, taste and eat part of our buildings. It creates different city centers, not defined by banks and corporations, but health and vitality.

Bianca Wylie, co-founder of Tech Reset Canada has risen to notoriety through her criticisms of Sidewalk Labs and technology companies involvement in public spaces, arguing that they should not be commoditized. She reminded us all “that participating in all of these spaces very thoughtfully” is of great importance, and to not forget to act collectively: “I want to remind you that you all have power. And you need to start using it. Now. While it’s great to highlight the individual stories and projects, we also need to remember the power and the urgency of the need to operate as a collective.”

On the other side of coin, Marianthi Tatari, UNStudio brought us their practice’s work on the Netherlands’ Brainport Smart District that aims at becoming the smartest neighborhood in the world. She stated that it’s high time for the built environment to catch up with technology - our only tool helping to plan for the uncertainty of the future. She makes the point that “with a productive landscape, we can create a local economy” as well as “the most important part is the human approach and care for the quality of life for every resident,” both being cornerstones for their smart city project taking the data ownership of its residents seriously.

MAD Architects principal partner Yosuke Hayano opened day two of the conference with a presentation exploring the questions “How can we trigger an emotional connection to architecture? How can we make architecture to be urban space so that people feel it is built for them?” Through their design, MAD Architects seek to make a journey for people to meet nature in another way. They care about how the future of the city can be better pressed for the people, from young to old, to come, live and enjoy the space together.

Hailing from the south side of Chicago, USA, Sweetwater Foundation founder — and 2019 MacArthur Fellow — Emmanuel Pratt showcased all the ways in which they work with marginalized communities, drivers of the regeneration that has taken place: “Every community has seeds of their own regeneration, right there,” and “regenerating is an active process, not a passing one like sustainability. Giving people a chance to participate as well as ownership of that regeneration that translates into more than just physical spaces, but regenerates the culture.”

Last, but not least, Christopher Cabaldon, mayor of West Sacramento, has seen his city regenerate itself out of its industrial past over the last two decades into a vibrant, culture filled city in northern California. “If you want to use the city to change the minds of the people, then what is the point? We have to be ready for the city to shape us, not the other way around.” Cabaldon offered some different points of view on how to approach managing citizens opinions of urban planning in ways that embody what reSITE stands for - pushing the boundaries and testing our convictions on city making through discussion.

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September 10, 2019  |  permalink

CoMotion Podcasts: Tortoise’s Dmitry Shevelenko & Seattle DOT’s Benjie de la Peña

The latest episodes of the CoMotion Mobility Podcast feature Benjamin de la Peña — chief of innovation and strategy for Seattle’s Department of Transportation — discussing his plans(above) for building a few software platform to manage all forms of urban mobility, and Tortoise co-founder and president Dmitry Shevelenko (below) explaining the promise of “micro-autonomy,” i.e. autonomous scooters and whatever comes next. Tune in.

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August 29, 2019  |  permalink

ThinkTransit Keynote Recap


(Back in April, the Trapeze Group invited me to deliver the opening keynote at their annual ThinkTransit conference. Given the opportunity to address public transportation officials from across the U.S. and Canada, I didn’t hold back. A recap of my talk appears below.)


On Monday’s opening keynote, Greg Lindsay presented the transit industry with a critical challenge – how to become the core of tomorrow’s multi-modal transport ecosystem. Guiding ThinkTransit 2019 participants through the increasingly complex landscape of multiple, competing services, Greg outlined the issues confronting public transit and identified opportunities for transit agencies to define mobility’s future.

Declining ridership, rising car sales, and the emergence of new ride-hailing and bike-sharing enterprises are changing the industry’s outlook on service provision. Greg’s keynote focused on three themes affecting how transit agencies are moving forward – Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS), micromobility and congestion pricing.

Mobility-as-a-Service: Public Square or Walled Gardens?

The traditional thinking on MaaS is to create an integrated system where public transit works with private vendors to deliver seamlessness for the passenger journey. An example is Portland’s TriMet app, which combines Lyft (ride-share), car2go (car-share) and BIKETOWN (bike-share), to offer a first- and last-mile solution. Another is Whim, a subscription service founded by Finnish entrepreneur Sampo Hietanen, which provides mobility options much like an all-you-can-eat data plan for your cellphone.

MaaS is meant to strengthen public-private partnerships and ensure that public transit remains at the forefront of an integrated transport system.

The aggressive market ambitions of transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft, however, are changing the game for public transport as well as the approach to Mobility-as-a-Service. Uber is moving ahead of transit agencies to own the customer relationship and the entire transaction in this shared mobility scheme. Lyft is not far behind.

By adding public transportation, car- and bike-sharing to their apps, TNCs are creating a vertically-integrated ecosystem that incorporates public transit, and not the other way around.

We need open data

How does public transit get back into the game, so to speak? Greg pointed to Open APIs as a possible way forward. Promoting interoperability prevents TNCs from running vertically-integrated walled gardens with little oversight and allows transit agencies to demand open standards so public transit services align with those of mobility providers.

Examples of these are NACTO’s SharedStreets initiative, which creates an open-source database for exchanging street-level geographic information and Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s own Mobility Data Specification (MDS) which tracks scooter and bike movements.

The challenge, however, would be to compel these private mobility providers to share useful information. Greg notes that Uber and Lyft have used the Freedom of Information Act to lock up their granular data from potential competitors.

Micromobility: Friend or Foe to Transit?

The rise of bike-sharing and e-scooters further complicates the emerging mobility landscape. Micromobility has been a hot transportation trend, with the data showing that scooters are being adopted faster than Uber and Lyft.

However, while micromobility steals rides from TNCs, helping to ease congestion, it also threatens to compete with public transit, oddly creating a scenario of ‘monetizing walking’. The acquisitions of JUMP by Uber and Motivate by Lyft also strengthen the TNCs’ push to dominate the industry, compounding the problem for public transit.

The challenge confronting the industry is how to ensure that micromobility complements public transit, instead of eating into its market.

Greg notes, though, that micromobility has its share of problems, which may affect its sustainability. Ridership plummets during cold weather and big names like Lime and Bird are having trouble getting additional financing. The scooters break easily, too, lasting an average of 23 days.

How Will We Pay for It? Congestion Pricing and More

Congestion pricing adds another layer of complexity to mobility’s future.

New York’s congestion pricing initiative promises to be a game-changer if implemented, offering a viable solution to traffic gridlocks in dense urban areas.

Greg focused his talk on the future of our priced roads and how the technology can allow for flexibility to allocate lane space to various transport modes, enabling free access for some and creating fee structures for others.

In laying out what must be done for public transit to move forward, Greg pointed to the paradoxical nature of public support for transit:

In 2016, 71 percent of Angeleno voters passed Measure M, raising $120 billion for transport over 40 years. At the same time, ridership on the LA Metro has dropped 19.7 percent over five years.

In other words, people overwhelmingly support mass transit for others, but not for themselves.

Greg’s underlying message as he ended his keynote: the industry needs to examine how to make transit more appealing and position it to be the backbone of a shared mobility ecosystem.

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August 28, 2019  |  permalink

reSITE 2019: REGENERATE is almost here


reSITE 2019: REGENERATE is only a few weeks away, and as the curator for the second consecutive year, it’s my honor and pleasure to share the program, starring the architect Thomas Heatherwick, Reza Merchant (CEO, The Collective), Ravi Naidoo (Founder, DesignIndaba), Kate Wagner (Founder, McMansion Hell), Bianca Wylie (TechReset Canada), Mayor Inês de Medeiros (Almada, Portugal), Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (West Sacramento, California) and dozens more! 

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August 27, 2019  |  permalink

CoMotion Podcasts: Senator Jessica Ramos; Jessica Robinson; and More

Summer is over, which means it’s time to catch up on all the CoMotion Mobility Podcasts I’ve recorded and posted to iTunes and Soundcloud. At top is New York State Senator Jessica Ramos — my former senator! — who is one of the more outspoken public officials around when it comes to pedestrian safety and funding mass transit.

The Detroit Mobilty Lab’s Jessica Robinson (immediately below) spoke about her efforts to retool Michigan’s labor force for the opportunities of the mobility revolution.

Transloc’s Josh Cohen (second below) talked about his company’s work with transit agencies to create mobility-as-a-service approaches from the bottom up.

Optimus Ride co-founders Ryan Chin and Jenny Larios Berlin (third below) argued the future of autonomy would be (deliberately boring), as low-speed, last-mile shuttles would prove to be the dominant life form.

And last but not least (at bottom), Wunder Mobility COO Sam Baker discussed his company’s B2B software platform for mobility.




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July 16, 2019  |  permalink

ULI Florida 2019 and the Cities of Tomorrow


(In June, I was invited to deliver the opening keynote at the Urban Land Institute’s annual Florida Summit. ULI was kind enough to publish a recap of my talk. I’ve republished it below.)

At the 2019 ULI Florida Summit, futurist Greg Lindsay, a futurist and senior fellow with the NewCities nonprofit organization, detailed change agents of future development including the electric scooter mania, shops without checkouts, and “urban cabins.” Lindsay described broadly how the disruption of retail, office, residential, and transportation will continue around the globe—and, in some cases, increase.

A senior fellow with NewCities, a global nonprofit committed to shaping a better urban future, Lindsay first touched on London’s mix of pocket parks and vintage coffee shops. “People make places, places make gossip, and gossip makes people money,” the futurist told the audience of hundreds gathered at the Gaylord Palms resort near Orlando, Florida.

Lindsay, a partner at the Singapore-based FutureMap advisory firm, emphasized that walkable communities will increasingly draw more investment dollars than drivable ones. Posing the age-old question of “suburban or urban,” Lindsay said that both hold promise but in ways never before seen.

New development now emerges along “spines of growth” that stretch out from the urban core. Companies are now drawn to “walkable, diverse places” in both urban and suburban sites, said Lindsay, who has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Business Review.

“It’s false to say there is tension between urban and suburban,” he said.


Finding future growth patterns, he said, is as simple as following the locations of scooter- and bike-share programs.

“The hottest thing in mobility is scooters and bikes. Scooter growth shows where growth is headed,” Lindsay said. “In cities where bike lanes are placed, these are leading gentrification trends.”

Uber and Lyft are getting into the game with the purchase of scooter companies. In Berlin and Helsinki, Finland, ride-share services offer bundled, monthly plans in much the same way as phone companies.

“Uber and others are doing loyalty programs and they want more subscription-type growth,” he added.

Even basic mobility infrastructure falls into question in the “futurescape.” The urbanist author cited temporary closings of the Champs-Élysées in Paris as a high-profile example of reclaiming pedestrian space.

“How do we rethink what streets and parking can be,” in an age of autonomous vehicles, Lindsay asked conference attendees. “In downtown L.A., if you reclaimed surface parking, you could house thousands of residents [and] build mixed-use mid-rises and new shopping centers.”

But don’t discount cars altogether, he added. In the United States, car sales were near all-time highs in the past three years, the speaker noted. But as the average sales price of new vehicles climbs to $37,000, debt becomes a greater issue and that mobility quickly becomes less affordable, he added, in contrast with a mobility-on-demand service such as Uber or a scooter.


In the city of tomorrow, retail is all about “unbundling the trip chain,” Lindsay said. He cited examples of ways that retailers are rethinking the shopping sector, including:

• Amazon is moving toward stores in which customers walk with their goods through sensors rather than stand in checkout lines.
• The overseas online marketplace giant Alibaba is taking over existing convenience stores—restocking shelves, installing new hardware, and offering the products online.
• Walmart is testing its Walmart Reimagined Centers, featuring destination-style village settings with green space, food and beverage, and entertainment mixed together.
• In Shanghai, mobile markets in cargo vans relocate to better serve high-traffic spots.
• Pizza Hut is heading in the direction of mobile ovens that bake the pies during delivery.

Overall, the loss of big-box bookstores, apparel shops, and sporting goods stores leaves mostly restaurant tenants and more service-oriented businesses. Demand and pricing for industrial warehouses, meanwhile, will continue to grow.

Despite concerns that “the robots” will replace workers, Lindsay sees an emerging working class of businesses geared to delivering people, food, and products.


The audience at the conference session laughed and nodded at Lindsay’s rhetorical question of whether the WeWork coworking movement was actually a cult. As someone who has not tethered himself to an office in 15 years, Lindsay advocated working from different locations.

Even though businesses with a permanent address seem more stable, workers can better network and share ideas when they are not tied to one office, he added.

“The shape of an office shifts with the change of projects and workflows,” he said. “Working face to face with others is the last thing left.”

Looking ahead, underused space can accommodate a mobile workforce. He cited an example of restaurants leasing tables as short-term offices once the lunch crowd leaves.


In terms of homes and apartments, walkability is the key ingredient moving forward, Lindsay said.

He pointed to BMW for building its brand with a new Global Village concept, which brings “urban cabins” to cities including London, New York, Los Angeles, and Beijing. The small-footprint cabins are designed and built in partnership with local architects.

IKEA also is launching an urban village project that supports sustainability with food gardens. Residents pay only for the rooms they use, taking more or less space as needed in an “expandable house that grows—or shrinks—with your needs,” Lindsay said.

The shift will be toward better serving residents.

Detroit is creating residential demand by taking previously blighted areas and creating parks filled with sand, beach chairs, and entertainment. Other cities are testing pop-up parks, shelters, and venues as a way to test concepts before committing to them.

At the massive Babcock Ranch community in the Fort Myers, Florida, area, an autonomous school bus offers opportunities for extended learning with the prospect of having a teacher on board. The test, Lindsay added, was sidelined temporarily by the National Transportation Safety Board, but it still holds promise.

Thomas Hoban, president of Kitson & Partners, helped develop Babcock Ranch and lauded the concepts presented at the session.

People begin to realize how big the universe is and think outside the box, he said. The discussions about coworking space and autonomous vehicles were particularly relevant, he added.

“Regardless of whether you’re trying to stay ahead of a trend, there’s no such thing as future proof,” Hoban said. “But you can build future flexibility and be flexible in your land plans with strategies to morph over time as these technologies evolve.”

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July 16, 2019  |  permalink

CoMotion Podcasts: Assaf Biderman & Kent Larson

This week brings a special CoMotion Podcast double-feature taped on-location at last week’s Moscow Urban Forum. Above, Superpedestrian’s Assaf Biderman discusses the brutal economics of micromobility and how his company hopes to automate scooter maintenance and resilience, while MIT’s Kent Larson (below), discusses the Media Lab’s prescient research around autonomy, micromobility, and robotics. Two for the price of one!

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July 08, 2019  |  permalink

Moscow Urban Forum 2019, or: What I did on my urbanist summer vacation


Inappropriately enough, I landed in Russia on the 4th of July for this year’s installment of the Moscow Urban Forum — an annual exercise in (deservedly) touting the city’s efforts to remake itself as a highly livable world capital rather than a continuous traffic jam. Held in the Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed Zaryadye Park (a.k.a. the High Line-on-the-Moskva), the forum brought together a smattering of Western experts with local thought leaders to discuss pressing urban issues, with the entire second day devoted to mobility.

I was fortunate enough to be invited to three sessions in my role as incoming director of applied research at the NewCities Foundation. In the first, on technology and law, I cited the Mobility Data Specification and Open Mobility Foundation as examples of cities’ burgeoning efforts to regulate code with code, through drafting their own standards for data reporting and collection. I also raises my concerns that dynamic congestion pricing could open a Pandora’s Box of increasingly opaque dynamic pricing on just about everything — streets, curbs, sidewalks, you name it. (I raised similar fears in my interview with Ghost Road author Anthony Townsend on this week’s CoMotion podcast.)

In my next session, on “disruptive mobility,” I was asked to respond to presentations by Kapsch’s Alexander Lewald, Superpedestrian’s Assaf Biderman, the Wuppertal Institute’s Oliver Lah, and Delimobil’s Mukhit Seidakhmetov. Seizing on Lewald’s discussion of “mobility demand management,” I pointed out that nearly all of the recent innovation in mobility has been around supply; the new frontier is in massaging demand. I originally made this point in 2016 report on new mobility for NewCities; more recently, David Zipper made a similar point in his story about public transit agencies embracing loyalty programs. But that’s just the beginning; combining MaaS programs with real-time incentives could be the key to making these systems self-sustaining.

Finally, I joined MIT’s Kent Larson and former Barcelona chief architect Vicente Guallart on the main stage to discuss the future of streets. Following Larson’s 35,000-ft. view of cities and Guallart’s own tour de force presentation, I made my more modest case for harnessing data-driven placemaking to transform streets from thoroughfares into pieces of the public realm. Highlighting my recent work in Paris, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Abu Dhabi, I made the case for how we might quickly, cheaply, and iteratively reclaim our streets.

From there, it was off to Strelka for dancing. (That’s a story for another time.) But stay tuned for forthcoming CoMotion podcasts with Larson and Biderman. Until then, enjoy your own urbanist summer vacations.

(Update: MUF has posted video of my main stage talk on the street of the future. In an odd formatting choice, the organizers combined all 10+ hours of footage into a single stream. So please skip ahead to 7:18:00 to see me take the stage.)

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