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June 17, 2021

In 1950, 30% of the world’s population lived in urban areas. By 2050, that figure will reach 68%. Fast growing urban populations and climate change force policymakers to develop new strategies for sustainable urban mobility. Designers and planners have to rethink how new infrastructures are integrated into cities, communities and people’s every-day life.

 Some of the questions that arise when developing new, more sustainable ways of transportation within the framework of a circular economy are:

  • Why is change in cities needed and how will town planning have to take place in order to face future challenges?
  • What circular economy opportunities address key issues in urban design?
  • What can urban policymakers and designers do to harness circular economy opportunities?
  • What are the potential social and environmental benefits of these opportunities?
  • Is COVID-19 paving the path towards a resilient and low-carbon mobility system?
  • How can diverse modes of transportation and urban functions be linked in new ways to improve quality of life and reduce environmental impact of mobility in cities?

Marco te Brömmelstroet, Professor in Urban Mobility Futures, University of Amsterdam.  As a researcher and teacher Marco is fascinated by how mobility shapes our cities and societies (and vice versa). Currently, his research focuses on the role of mobility narratives in defining problems and seeking solutions. In all this, he strongly feels that Dutch cycling can offer a powerful lens.

Ton Venhoeven is founder and design director of VenhoevenCS architecture+urbanism. He has a background in design and engineering as well as in policy making and academia. As Chief Government Advisor on Infrastructure (2008-2012) Venhoeven advised the Dutch National government on sustainability of infrastructural, urban and regional plans. During his time as professor of architectural history and theory at Eindhoven University (2005-2009) his design research focused on the pedestrian city of tomorrow.

Arne Lijbers
Arne graduated from Delft University of Technology in 2011 and joined Mecanoo in 2012. He is specialised in translating complex project assignments into tangible designs.
Currently Arne is project architect for a wide range of projects of different sizes, from urban planning to furniture design. Among his assignments are innovative projects such as a master plan for 2,100 houses in Haarlem, the Rabobank Advice Centre in Sittard, the Student Campus Hotel in Rotterdam, the LocHal Library in Tilburg, and the interior design for the train of the future.

An important focus area is an innovative living, working and educational environment.

Arne: ‘Architecture is more than buildings, it is about creating your own environment. I believe architecture can add more quality to life in all its aspects, it can help us grow, create and excel’


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