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Your say – Audience discussion on creative designers’ role to solve mobility and access issues at the Sustainable Cities Round Table, 17 March

Posted in Events, Models, Research, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Ferne Edwards on April 1st, 2008

As part of the recent Sustainable Cities Round Table on Mobility, 17 March, our sponsors, GAMUT – The Australasian Centre for the Governance And Management of Urban Transport led a discussion with four questions about sustainable transport issues for our cities. Please find a list of the audience’s responses below. Please note: That as these questions were handwritten some of the responses were too difficult to read.

DISCUSSION QUESTION 3. How can creative designers help solve mobility and accessibility problems?
urban villages connected by sustainable transit corridors
Map activities for access & situation (?)
playing urban tag
study skateboarders
elect a large community to go without cars for a month & have them redesign their area
transfer all outer urban residential development to urban hub-cities-centres. These hubs to become social centres but the confluence of a transport network. Establish areas ASAP then de-regulate so more effective market solutions can evolve but with simple not negotiable urban design rules.
Creating a design brief for human powered/ electic assist ultra-light vehicles that can transport children, shopping, etc.
Making street scapes more aesthetic & enticing to use. Connecting walking paths with transport.
Complete communities – growth & redevelopment. Live/ work/ play locally.
Targeted education – Portland OR example of household specific info + cycle education from doorstep
infrastructure networks established for ped/ bike/ PT
rethink the relationship between people & places they want to access, & design for the experience without relying on existing infrastructure
to mandate that large transport projects be planned together by representatives from public transport (rail, tram, bus, ferry) and human-powered forms. Public community consultation to be broadened as part of the process.
We all need to speak the world around to change. Everyone is creative and tapping into they way they think and what is important in their world. There is no ‘solver of ‘problems there in only tempting people to turn their heads and be a part of a liveable future
Education: in the manner of ANZSOG education of the public service & therefore specifically educating government transport planners and designers.
Consider disabled people, deaf people and blind people in planning
Copenhagen bicycle lanes more widely adopted & re-designed atteractively to encourage even more use
Design in the absence of design
Stop designing & start coordinating
Function over form
Flexible environments
Design as leadership
Engage artists in planning process – work is a cross disciplinary fashion at the onset of a project to explore all options/ alternatives. We need radical, left-of-centre thinking here!
Develop a hierarchy of ‘give way similar to oceans. Large gives way to all small.
Design for people first. Then people on bikes second. Then up the scale.
Design mobility and accessability r/s/ schools and communities understanding rel/ people build form technology
Role of symbolism car – what it represents to us. Is it a symbol of freedom and an extension of our identity, something to aspire t or a serious threat to our sustainability?

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