Urban Dialogues Germany/UK, September 23, 2020

“Shaping Urban Future: A Global View”

Panel debates urban mobility after COVID-19

“Shaping urban future: a global view” - this panel, co-hosted by LSE Cities and Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, will explore the role of mobility in fostering a green and inclusive recovery for cities around the world. Since the pandemic hit global urban centres, improving mobility through active transport has taken centre stage as private car and public transport usage plummeted. Urban leaders have taken the opportunity to reclaim streets for pedestrians, dramatically expand bike infrastructure, and advance comprehensive mobility plans such as the 15-minute city in Paris. While these interventions have been seen as a relative success, others argue that their positive effects are distributed unevenly, and hence might further entrench the urban inequities that COVID-19 made even more apparent.

Moderated by Petra Pinzler, journalist with the ZEIT, the one-hour panel with Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor of Paris until 2020, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor of Freetown, and LSE Cities’ Director, Ricky Burdett CBE will discuss approaches to mobility interventions that have emerged in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, their implications for addressing the climate crisis mobility and how we can ensure that a post-COVID-19 urban future does not return to the car-dominated city of the late 20th century.

“Shaping urban future: a global view” is taking place in context of “ZEIT for the Climate”, a week of digital events hosted by the German weekly magazine DIE ZEIT. The event also serves as an indirect kick-off for the “Urban Age Responses”, a virtual series of discussions addressing post-2020 urban futures.

View the webinar recording here.

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