Streets are important spaces in urban areas and form resilient collective spaces for all of us. Streets are adaptable by their ability to integrate new uses and new technologies. Now and tomorrow. Within the balance of new societal, sustainable and technological challenges and demands, street design must be redefined. In five sessions 'The Future Design of Streets' will be explored by various speakers from different countries. What are possible new strategies for street design? Who is using the street space? How can we design to improve streets? And, which questions are important to ask?
Streets are more than ever a social human space, to meet and to move. Spaces of interactions and conflicts. Spaces for cultural and economic activities. Ecological spaces for flora and fauna. Human spaces that are full of tales, with individual stories and collective histories. Streets are physical spaces that are constructed layer by layer, adding and replacing components and sub-systems, changing streets every time into contemporary spaces. The urban world is facing major challenges for equal and participative societies, sustainable environments and new technologies. What if work and education will be closer to our homes, turning the neighbourhood scale for more people the main daily urban system. How can spatial planning react better to challenges on sustainability and climate change? Shall streets be transformed into ecological spaces? Why should it be possible to move always and everywhere? Is fast mobility a right or a possibility? What can we expect on novel mobility technology and artificial intelligence? Shall we appreciate more walking and cycling? And, what is the impact on how we use and design streets? Shall we use streets more as a social space?
In this third edition of the Webinar Series, we will continue to open up our spectrum of views to understand and imagine the wide possibilities on Street Design. The aim is to define the future design assignment, for new streets and adaptation of existing streets, by recognising the diversity and complexity of urban life. Within a context of uncertainties and new possibilities a whole range of new street types can be re-imagined. This inquires a critical look on how we can design our streets of the future. In a series of short presentations and open talks, we will explore this through the lens of five themes.
The third edition of the webinar took place in the period February-June 2022. All sessions are still available to watch. See red arrows below.
Annemieke Molster is an urban planner and has her own office Molster Stedenbouw. She works on various research and design assignments. More and more often the emphasis is on walking, a subject that is close to her heart. A special feature of her work is that she is able to link theory and policy to concrete designs for the layout of the city as a whole and the street in particular. This includes themes such as activity-friendly environments, greening of public spaces and public art. Depending on the task, Molster Stedenbouw works alone or in a team of people with other expertise, including landscape architecture, traffic engineering, geo-information and environmental psychology. Annemieke is a regular speaker at conferences at home and abroad. Last year her book Walk! Ten design principles for a pedestrian friendly environment was published.
Associate Professor, PhD René Kural is director of Activity and health-enhancing Physical Environments Network (APEN) as well as independent practicing architect with his firm René Kural Architects. Since 1996, René Kural has been involved in research, communication, counselling and development of Danish and foreign municipalities, architectural firms, government agencies and foundations. René Kural is the author of ten books. He has also contributed a large number of articles and feature articles on urban planning, urban space, landscape and architecture for Danish and international magazines. He recently served as visiting professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology and is the Danish member of the Union International des Architectes (UIA) Sports and Leisure Group.
Daniel Yábar (Madrid, 1979) graduated as architect from Academy of Architecture in Sevilla (E.T.S.A.). Graduated as superior technician in labour risk prevention (U.N.E.D). He has been developing since 2005 a unique specialization in public facilities design, as it is truly dedicated to the architecture and engineering of skateparks. With more than 60 projects built in Spain and Europe, he has developed a full integration of extreme sports in the urban context. Being both architect and skateboarder, he has a close relationship between his profession and passion.
Sílvia Casorrán Martos
Sílvia Casorrán (Barcelona, 1979) is graduated in Environmental Sciences from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (2002). Part of her studies took place in The Netherlands (Utrecht University, 2000) and in Mexico (Guadalajara University, 2001-2002). Her professional career has been developed in Sustainable Mobility planning and management, during 15 years as a consultant from private companies and for the last 5 years as public servant in Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) and Barcelona City Council. Since July 2019 she's the mobility councillor for Sant Martí District in Barcelona, and since March 2021 she is Deputy to Chief Architect Office in Barcelona City Council. She lives in Poblenou Superblock, and she is a daily cyclist convinced about the potential of bikes in our cities and metropolis.
Giulia Sicignano graduated in Architecture and Urban Design at the Politecnico di Milano (2018) with a master thesis project on public space in Marrakech. A part of her studies also took place in Lisbon, at Universidade Lusiada (2016). After some experience in a architecture and landscape firm in Milan, she has been working as a consultant to the Municipality of Milan for AMAT - the Agency that specializes in topics such as mobility, public space design and climate in urban developments - for almost three years now. She works with her team, called Officina Urbana, to design and coordinate urban development and renewal with the aim of promoting street life through its focus on the human dimension. Since September 2021, she also found her way to STIPO - a team for urban sustainable development based in Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Athens - and Placemaking Europe through the 'Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs' programme.
Mário J. Alves has a degree in Civil Engineering from Lisbon Technical University (IST, 1988) and a Master of Science in Transport from the Imperial College (ICSTM, 1992). He worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Transport Studies of the University of London and the Centre for Urban and Regional Systems of the University of Lisbon. As a transport and mobility consultant he was the coordinator of mobility plans, worked as an advisor for several European institutions, was part of the Scientific Programme Committee of the conference Walk21 and was National Coordinator of the COST Action: Pedestrian Quality Needs. He was expert advisor for the EC Directorate-General for Energy and Transport and for the Mayor of Lisbon. He was invited by the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne to be part of the panel of experts (Spacewatch) to advise Swiss authorities. Currently is Secretary-General of the International Federation of Pedestrians.
Milène Deneubourg is a geographer and urban planner, graduated from the Free University of Brussels. She began her career in a Brussels design office specialising in regional planning before working for the Societe bruxelloise de transports en commun. Perspective.brussels is the initiator of the development strategy of the Brussels territory, which observes and contributes its expertise in many aspects related to its metropolitan territory: demography, economy, urban planning, housing, mobility, etc. Milène Deneubourg is in charge of the elaboration of three Master Development Plans, including that of “Herrmann-Debroux”. The Master Development Plan (MDP) is the regional planning tool that defines in a single movement the strategic and regulatory aspects of an urban strategy.
Vojtech Benedikt has been working with the Institute of Planning and Development of the city of Prague for nearly three years now. His background is ranging from civil engineering (detailed design of urban spaces) to urban and transport planning (strategic documents, sustainable urban transportation, etc.). In his professional career, Vojtech has worked for private consultancies in the UK and Sweden and for the public sector in the Czech Republic. The project of the Muzeum Oasis transformation was already well on the way when Vojtech joined the Institute of Planning with parts of it already realised. He is now part of the team proposing and negotiating further changes to the scheme and wider areas with the introduction of a tramline as part of Stage II of the transformation.
João Rafael Santos
Architect, PhD in Urbanism and Assistant Professor of architecture and urbanism on Master and PhD levels at Lisbon School of Architecture, Universidade de Lisboa. Post-doctoral scholarship at The University of Tokyo. Coordinator of URBinLAB research group, his interests include urban and territorial design and spatial planning, especially in the field of metropolitan studies with a focus on the relationship of infrastructure with public space and socio-spatial development. Coordinator of FCT funded research project MetroPublicNet: a Metropolitan Public Space Network to support the robust, low-carbon and cohesive city. Metrópoles Ciência Prize in 2016, by his research on Lisbon Metropolitan Area.
Technology & space
Catarina Selada is the Head of Policy at CEiiA – Centre for Engineering and Development. She has been working in several European and Portuguese projects on smart and sustainable cities, namely zero-carbon living labs and testbeds (e.g. AYR platform). She was technical manager of the Portuguese Smart Cities Network (130 municipalities) and of the Portuguese Smart Cities Cluster (50 companies, start-ups, associations, incubators, etc.) She was awarded with the prize “Smart Cities Personality of the Year 2016” by the Strategic Committee of AIP - Portuguese Industrial Association. She received a degree in Economics and a master degree in Science and Technology Management from the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal. She has a post-graduation certificate in Governance, Public Policies and Innovation by the University of Coimbra, Portugal.
Dan Hill is Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova, the Swedish government’s innovation agency, and Professor at Oslo School of Architecture and Design. A designer and urbanist, his previous design leadership roles include Arup, Future Cities Catapult, Fabrica, SITRA and the BBC, and he has lived and worked in UK, Australia, Finland, Italy and Sweden. He is Visiting Professor at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, Design Academy Eindhoven, and an Adjunct Professor in Design at RMIT University. He is a founding member of the Council on Urban Initiatives, a joint initiative between UCL, LSE Cities and UN HABITAT. Dan is also a Design Advocate for the Mayor of London, and a Trustee of Participatory City Foundation.
Robert Joseph Martin is an Australian architect, researcher, and editor based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is the current Head of Mobility at JAJA Architects where he is responsible for designing mobility strategies for cities, consultation for public and private mobility operators, as well as the development of new typologies of urban transport infrastructure. His work focuses on the intersection of technological developments, such as electrification, automation, micromobility, and servitisation, and human-centered design approaches. Robert holds a PhD in Sustainable Urban Mobilities from Aalborg University. He has also completed studies at the University of Sydney, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and the Yale School of Architecture.
Learning from yesterday
Vítor Oliveira is the President of the International Seminar on Urban Form (ISUF) and the President of the Portuguese-Language Network of Urban Morphology (PNUM). He is Principal Researcher at the Research Centre for Territory Transports and Environment (CITTA / FEUP) and ‘Professor Auxiliar’ of Urban Morphology and Urban Planning at ULP. He is Associate Editor of ‘Urban Morphology’, Advisory Editor of ‘The Urban Book Series’ (Springer) and Fouding Editor of the ‘Revista de Morfologia Urbana’ (2013-18). In 2016 he has published ‘Urban Morphology. An Introduction to the Study of the Physical Form of Cities’ (translated to Mandarin, Persian, and Portuguese), a textbook on urban morphology taught by the author in courses in 10 universities in Portugal, Brazil, Spain, and China. In the last four years he has published ‘Teaching Urban Morphology’, ‘JWR Whitehand and the Historico-Geographical Approach to Urban Morphology’, ‘Morphological Research in Planning, Urban Design and Architecture’.
Conrad Kickert has a background in urbanism and architecture from the TU Delft (Netherlands) and holds a PhD in architecture from the University of Michigan. He has worked as an urban researcher and designer for various design offices, property developers and non-profit organizations in The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. His research studies the evolving relationship between urban form, urban life and the urban economy. Dr. Kickert has authored award-winning articles and books on these topics, including articles for the Journal of Urban Studies and the London School of Economics, an Oxford University bibliography, the recent monograph "Dream City - Creation, Destruction and Reinvention" with MIT Press and an upcoming book on frontages with Routledge. Among others, his work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ax:son Johnson Foundation, UBER, the Haile/US Bank Foundation and the Mellon Foundation. He regularly discusses urban topics at universities, debates and news venues across the globe - but he remains firmly rooted in making a positive impact in the Buffalo region.
Andreia Garcia is an architect, curator, editor and university professor in the fields of architecture and the city. Her PhD in Architecture (FAUL, 2015) was awarded Professor Manuel Tainha Prize for the best PhD thesis in Architecture in 2014/2015. She is Architecture and Territory programmer in Guarda candidacy for European Capital of Culture 2017. She is founder of Architectural Affairs studio and cofounder of the Architecture Gallery, in Oporto, an independent space dedicated to reflection and debate on Architecture, City and Territory. Over the last few years, her work has been selected for the FAD Awards (Spain, 2018, 2019, 2020); Dezeen Awards (England, 2019); BigMAT award finalist (France, 2019); LEONARDO award winner (Belarus, 2019); HÄUSER Award Honourable Mention (Germany, 2020); nominated for Mies van der Rohe 2022 and published in international specialty magazines. She is director of art(e)facts biennial and editor of Architectural Notes in Review. Garcia was Guest Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture of the University of Minho (UM), Studio Tutor at the Architectural Association (AA) in London and visiting professor at Escola Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, Escola Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Valladolid and Vilnius Academy of Arts. She is Assistant Professor in Architecture Project (UBI) and Vice-President of the Engineering Faculty of the University of Beira Interior.
MODERATION, INITIATIVE, ORGANISATION
Daniel Casas Valle
Daniel is an urbanist - urban designer and planner - with a broad experience based on urban planning practices and academic activities. He is for more than two decades connected to urbanism, as a designer and researcher. Currently, he is working on various urban design projects and planning studies at his office Urban Dynamics in Porto/Amsterdam, at the MDT/CEAU/FAUP as a researcher, and as invited assistant. professor at the Portucalense university in Porto. Daniel holds a master on urbanism (Amsterdam, NL), and completed his PhD at the Faculty of Architecture, Porto University, in 2018 (cum laude). As responsible team leader he also won several urban design and planning competitions, as: Willemspoort (´s-Hertogenbosch, NL), Marinhas (Esposende, PT) and Eixo Imaginarius CC - Cineteatro AL (Santa Maria da Feira, PT).
Architect (FAUP, Porto, 2000) with a Master in Architecture Territory and Memory (FCTUC, Coimbra, 2007) and PHD (EAUM, Guimarães, 2015). Professor at the EAUM since 2004, and since 2015 researcher of LAB2PT at Minho University. Is researcher on topics as road infrastructure and public space in widely urbanized territory. Ivo contributed to different research work as “NO Void - Ruins and vacant land in Portuguese cities: exploring the dark life of abandoned urban spaces and alternative planning proposals for the perforated city” (2015-19) and “The Sea and the Shore, Architecture and Marine Biology: The Impact of Sea Life on the Built Environment” (2018-20). He is director of the Integrated Master in Architecture program and member of UM-Cities board from 2017, a platform that seeks to promote and value exemplary practices in the city and territory, namely how they can contribute to a more sustainable and fair society.
Bruno Moreira is graduated and master in Architecture by FAUP, with experience in all stages of architectural design and communication, and is currently finishing a PhD in Urbanism. He’s a researcher in the Center of Studies for Architecture and Urbanism (CEAU-FAUP) since 2010, member of its research groups Urban Dynamics and Morphologies and Center for Spacial Communication and Representation, focusing his research in territorial management instruments and in communication and representation of architecture. He was assistant of Computer Aided Architectural Design and of Communication, Photography and Multimedia and invited teacher of Computer Aided Architectural Design and Computer Aided Design in FAUP, and is currently an invited teacher of its REVIT Training Course. He is member of the Portuguese Institute of Architects, of Cityscopio, a cultural association dedicated to documentary and artistic photography on architecture, city and territory, and a certified instructor with practical, research and teaching experience in interdisciplinary fields such as architecture, photography, geographic information systems, BIM technologies, 3d modeling, archviz and webdevelopment.
Teresa is a Communication Designer, with extensive experience in the field of higher education, currently working in the Marketing and Communication Department at Universidade Portucalense, in Porto. Graduated in 2004 as a Communication Designer at ESAD, Porto; she obtained a Masters in Design, in 2009, at the University of Aveiro, Department of Communication and Art. In 2012, she attended the 1st year of the PhD in Design, at UA. In 2017, she obtained the title of Specialist in Design at Escola Superior Gallaecia. For 15 years, Teresa was a teacher in the degrees of Design, and Multimedia and Arts, at Escola Superior Gallaecia. She also integrated Ci-ESG Research Center at Escola Superior Gallaecia, where she participated in several projects, such as the development of an App for Accessible Tourism; the Graphic component and the Communication and dissemination of the European Projects 3DPAST and VerSus, SEISMIC-V and VERSUS+: Heritage for Tomorrow, but also, the Graphic creation of CIAV 2013 International Conference. Since 2017, she has been nominated President of the Convento da Orada Foundation.