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Riders on the Streets: towards better streets


New trends and innovations in commerce and delivery have a significant impact on the quality and the use of streets. It is therefore essential to deepen our understanding of the subject and develop new methods (design tools, strategies, models) to integrate present and future demands of logistics. Our proposal focuses on the question of how streets can incorporate this new demand, not as a pure technical issue, but as an opportunity to improve public space. Beside spatial design aspects, it is essential to incorporate time into the system. By opening up this idea, we can start designing streets differently, making the same space available at different times for different uses and users.

The questions related to last-mile delivery have an impact on several areas, from mobility to economy, from time management to the use of space. This webinar aims to broaden the knowledge on the topic.

Guest speakers: Heleen Buldeo Rai (Mobilise / Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Francesca Miazzo (Foodlogica), Renaud Sarrazin (Urbike) and Nick Welch (Komodo Bikes): moderation is by Daniel Casas Valle. The webinar is organised by New Environments, Urban Dynamics and the Future Design of Streets association.

Riders on the Streets is a spatial design research led by Giacomo Gallo and Daniel Casas Valle, with assistance of Catarina Breia Dias. The research is funded by the Creative Industry Fund NL and the municipality of Leiden.

The webinar was broadcasted on 22.02.2024.

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23th January, 17.00-18.30 (CET)

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Francesca Miazzo

CEO of FOODLOGICA and sustainability consultant. Italian-born, Amsterdam-based, expert in sustainable urban development and innovation, with a research background and a practical nature. At FOODLOGICA, I coordinate technical and strategic partnerships, oversee the R&D for new vehicles, define the guidelines for the company’s growth strategy and steers sales and fundraising.

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Renaud Sarrazin

Renaud Sarrazin is co-founder of urbike and an expert in sustainable urban logistics. As Head of the Consulting department, he is responsible for urbike’s research projects and consultancy missions, as well as for relations with the consulting department’s network of partners (consultancies, universities, etc.). As an expert in carbon-free urban logistics, Renaud is also part of networks and expert groups at Belgian and European level. He has a strong expertise in mobility and urban logistics, in modelling and solving complex problems and in innovation. Renaud draws his expertise from his background as a researcher in the Department of Mobility, Safety and Road Management at the Belgian Road Research Centre, as well as in the Department of Computer and Decision Engineering at the Université Libre de Bruxelles where he obtained a PhD in Engineering Sciences.

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Heleen Buldeo Rai

Heleen Buldeo Rai is an assistant professor and senior researcher at the Mobilise research group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Supported by a fellowship from Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), she specialises in e-commerce, urban logistics and sustainability. Heleen obtained a PhD in Business Economics at the MOBI research group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2019 in Brussels, Belgium and carried out postdoctoral research at the Logistics City chair of the Université Gustave Eiffel between 2020 and 2022 in Paris, France. Her doctoral thesis is titled “Environmental sustainability of the last mile in omnichannel retail”. Heleen has authored several scientific publications and teaches in Bachelor and Master programmes. She published a best practice guide on sustainable e-commerce in 2021. Her book was awarded by Platform Innovation in Marketing in 2022

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Nick Welch

Chief Executive Officer / Komodo Bikes Ltd. Nick thrives on transforming teams and businesses. Having navigated the complexities of global organisations and government agencies, he brings a wealth of experience in crafting winning strategies and putting them into action. He is now committed to leading Komodo Bikes’ mission towards a greener future for the planet.

Prior to setting up Komodo Bikes, Nick’s 34-year career in the British Army saw him commanding at every level, culminating in roles as Assistant Chief of the General Staff and an Army Board member. He subsequently served as Chief Operating Officer for the Arts University Bournemouth, guiding it through the pandemic and ensuring it’s continued growth. Nick’s passion for leadership and sustainability drives his ambition to make a positive impact, both at Komodo Bikes and beyond.


Daniel Casas Valle

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 is director of the Future Design of Streets association. 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.

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Giacomo Gallo

Giacomo is an architect and urban designer, founder of NEW ENVIRONMENTS. He works internationally on urban assignments connecting different disciplines and scales. Climate-positive design and wellbeing act as core pillars for his projects. Giacomo is committed to education: the driving force for critical thinking and activism. He is a guest lecturer at several higher education institutions, such as the Amsterdam and Rotterdam Academies of Architecture, where he pursues learning through urban practice. He gained experience at KCAP in Rotterdam, MUST in Amsterdam, and co-founded the start-up for temporary urban projects CITY.MAKING in Porto.

Catarina Breia Dias

Catarina Breia Dias

Catarina Breia Dias (Cacém ,1994). Master’s in architecture at the Lisbon School of Architecture (2018). Catarina has been working as an architect between Lisbon, Ghent and Porto. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Minho/ EAAD – Lab2PT, where she is carrying out research into Street transformations, towards a sustainable, social and mobility space: concepts and practices.

She is also a member of the Future Design of Streets association – a platform that aims to disseminate and share knowledge from various contexts that explore and imagine the transformation of better street design.


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