"Transport, Atmosphere and conference abstract submission
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From: Universities Transport Study Group [mailto:UTSG@...] On
Behalf Of Noland, Bob
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Subject: [UTSG] FW: TAC conference abstract submission
From: Sausen, Robert, DLR [mailto:robert.sausen@...]
Subject: TAC conference abstract submission
As you may know, the International Conference "Transport, Atmosphere and
Climate (TAC)" will take place in Oxford, UK from 26 to 29 June 2006.
Abstracts can be submitted via
Deadline is 30 April 2006.
The registration fee will 400 GPB (incl. accomodation) for regular
participants. Further details will be published on
Prof. Dr. Robert Sausen robert.sausen@...
DLR-Institut fuer Physik der Atmosphaere,
Oberpfaffenhofen, D-82234 Wessling, Germany
Tel: +49-8153-28-2500, Fax: +49-8153-28-1841
<http://www.dlr.de/ipa/> International Conference on Transport,
Atmosphere and Climate
26-29 June 2006, Oxford, UK
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Subject: [Doors-Report] Doors of Perception Report March
Doors of Perception Report
Quick scan of designed innovation
By John Thackara
UTOPIA BY DESIGN?
An international seminar on design, welfare and local development
takes place in Milan on 28 March. The event concludes the two year
Emude project (in which Doors is a partner) that explored social
innovation in 10 European countries. The research suggests possible
links between the emergence of creative communities and new ideas on
welfare - active welfare. The seminar will present the main findings
of the research plus a discussion of enabling platforms for active
welfare, and their implications for European R&D policies. (An online
book about the 56 cases at the centre of Emude will be published in
April). Milan, 23 March, 09.30-13.00h. Politecnico di Milano, Campus
Bovisa, Via Durando 10, Aula CT46.Carla Cipolla
SAVE THE PLANET: BUY THIS PAPERBACK
The paperback edition of "In The Bubble: Designing In A Complex
World" is published next week. As an artefact, it uses fewer
resources than the hardback - so this is the environmentally correct
version to buy. Some fine people found the hardback
"enriching" (Paola Antonelli) "excellent" (Nancy Levinson)
"brilliant" (Paul Hawken) "a revelation" (J C Herz) "important" (Don
Norman) "captivating" (Bruce Sterling) "insightful" (Nathan Shedroff)
"surprising" (San Francisco Chronicle) "visionary" (Paul Makovsky)
"alive" (Jamer Hunt) and "one of my best of the year" (Howard
Rheingold). Read extracts and other reviews at:
Buy copies for yourself, friends, family, clients and total strangers at:
If the Emude seminar in Milan is too bottom-up for your taste, check
out CustomerMade. The event explores the "phenomenon of user-driven
innovation that goes beyond do-it-your-selfing, customization, and
personalization. It's no longer a matter of choosing between models -
consumers are designing the very models they choose". The speakers
include Teo Härén who is billed as "Sweden's most popular lecturer
on creativity'. You have been warned. The conference is also an
opportunity to visit the new, beautifully designed IT-University by
the famous Danish architect Henning Larsen. Copenhagen, 20 April.
CAR SHARING MASTERCLASS
The growth in carsharing is accelerating: Up to 600 cities now have
carsharing schemes. But because most of these schemes have emerged
bottom-up, few cities have thought strategically about their city's
relationship with this resource-efficient mode of transportation.
They help in a piecemeal way with parking, or sometimes subsidy;
sometimes they help link carsharing to other transport systems; but
it's not systematic, and it's not integrated. This is where the
forthcoming Monaco Cities Carsharing Implementation Workshops come
in. Organised by New Mobility, they will connect officials from
cities and public agencies with the best car sharing schemes in
Europe. Your help is requested in identifying the people in your
country who might wish to attend. In France, for example, a group
called GART brings together all the city officials responsible for
transport matters across the country. There is also a national mayors
association. Are there similar networks where you live? Please find
out, and let them know about the event. 31 March to 2 April, Grimaldi
WHY IS SUBURBIA SO ATTRACTIVE?
We tend to blame venal housebuilders, but suburbia has deep cultural
roots. These are brilliantly explained by the author of Bolo Bolo,
"P.M", in a recent posting. First of all, writes P.M., the suburban
plot offers a piece of individually owned land, a garden, or old
Persian "pariwaiza" (hence: Greek "paradisos"). "The suburban lot is
the shrunken version of what free farmland in the west used to be and
it takes all its architectural and ideological connotations from that
period of colonial expansion: the white man's home at the frontier.
It's not communal land, with all its hassles of sharing, dividing and
the necessary communication. It's land with no strings attached, free
land for free owners. Wherever the idea of the 'free man' versus
clans, communities, nations or society as a whole takes root, the
immediate desire for individual enclosures, be they as small and
dysfunctional as suburban lawns, arises". Read the whole piece at:
Whatever its origins, sprawl is a Bad Thing. Isn't it? After all,
eminent urbanists such as Jane Jacobs predict an imminent "Dark Age
Ahead'" in which urban sprawl "murders communities and wastes land,
time, and energy". Sprawl is frequently blamed for environmentally-
damaging transport intensity, the collapse of communities, even
obesity. But Wayne A. Lemmon, a planner and real estate economist,
argues that sprawl, or more precisely, low density suburban
development, might not be such a bad thing after all. "A dispersed
development pattern can spread out trip origins and destinations
reducing the frequency of traffic jams. Dispersion can avoid hot
spots and spikes which can violate federal air quality standards.
Concentration of development may be causing more environmental
problems than a marginal increase in transit usage can solve"
Car-free mobility sounds necessary but tiring. But news reaches me of
a sublime event called The Walking Project. It's an exploration, on
foot, of "desire lines" - the paths made by people who walk across
fields in South Africa, and across vacant lots in Detroit.
Collaboratively developed with US and South Africa-based artists in
Detroit and KwaZulu-Natal, participants created poems, stories and
renditions of walking songs. The project "examines how changing
patterns of movement can alter attitudes and perceptions; how people
make their own paths; and the influences of culture, geography,
language, economics and love".
FROM MY CAR TO SCALAR
To a car company, replacing the chrome wing mirror on an SUV with a
carbon fibre one is a step towards sustainable transportation. To a
radical ecologist, all motorised movement is unsustainable. So when
is transportation sustainable, and when is it not? Chris Bradshaw
emphasizes that "light" transport systems are not, per se,
sustainable - only less unsustainable than commuting by car. "Light
rail supports far-flung suburbs; street cars support, well, street-
car suburbs" says Bradshaw. He goes on, " a smaller, more efficient,
or alternative-fuel vehicle is only less unsustainable than another
private vehicle. It will still take up space on the road and in
parking lots, it will still threaten the life and limb of others, it
will still create noise, and it still will require lots of energy and
resources to manufacture, transport to a dealer, and dispose of when
its life ends". Bradshaw wants planners and designers to respect what
he calls the scalar hierarchy. This is when trips taken most
frequently are short enough to be made by walking (even if pulling a
small cart), while the next more frequent trips require a bike or
street car, and so on. "If one adheres to this then there are so few
trips to be made by car that owning one is foolish". Eric Britton,
another expert on the subject, had the good idea of posting a text on
wikipedia which will evolve as a shared description, if not
definition, of what sustainable transport means.
Andrew Curry led a team that has explored scenarios concerning
intelligent infrastructure systems. Andrew describes as a "Doors
palimpsest" the Tribal Trading scenario. "This is effectively a
version of 'overshoot and collapse'; we had much discussion of how
the technology deitritus of the present day would be re-used".
EVERYBODY IS A DISASTER
Pixelache is emerging as the one of the best new media art events,
certainly in Europe. This year's programme in Helsinki includes
MiniMovies, 'a collection of mini-lives in an urban and political
context', and a Dot Org Tournament in which local teams compete to
design an innovative community concept within a 24-hour timeframe.
Also featured is the open product code initiative ThingLinks (Jyri
Engeström & Ulla-Maaria Mutanen) and a presentation of Orgsmobile - a
project to build an 'open source vehicle' . 30 March - 2 April,
Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki.
MAPPING NETWORKS AND TERRITORIES
A new book explores mapping that connects people and places, data and
organizations, physical and virtual spaces. Edited by Janet Abrams
and Peter Hall, and designed by Deborah Littlejohn, its 320 pages
feature 40 essays, nearly 300 images, and several specially
commissioned projects at the forefront of locative media art and
technology. It's published by the Design Institute, and distributed
by the University of Minnesota Press.
In June, design-minded innovators from around the world will gather
in Aspen, Colorado to "make positive, measurable impacts on the
social and cultural concerns of today". (I'm moderating the event).
The Aspen Design Summit, a partnership of IDCA and AIGA, is a multi-
disciplinary retreat where design thinking and the design process
will be used to "craft solutions and commit participants to actions
that improve the quality of life".
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- I like it but where will it be used?
Stefan Langeveld [mailto:slangeveld@...] wrote:
> Just dragged up something from the sticky part of the mailbox. With
> slight editing from a few regulars, i hand it to you.
> Declaration of support
> The New Mobility Agenda is an indispensible platform for organisations
> and individuals who aim at sustainable transport.
> More than other websites/groups it collects, debates and spreads
> innovative and truly promising solutions.
> Some characteristics:
> * Wide range of topics
> * International
> * Basis for no-barrier collaberation
> * Use of modern communication-tools
> * Laudably cost-effective
> Stefan Langeveld
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