Sprout Talent Week - Open Talks: The Walkable City

How can we create walkable environments through technologies experimentations and citizen involvement? Join this Open Talk with Giulia Maci from Urbego as facilitator.

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The session aims to reflect on strategies to enhance walkability and to address both problems of high congestion in historic centers and problems of lack of vitality and use.  

How can technology companies, research institutions, local municipalities and third sector organizations find common objectives to improve pedestrian accessibility? What cost and time effective procedures and approaches can be adopted and replicated in different urban contexts to improve pedestrian movement? Is 'piloting' a valuable and feasible approach to test new concepts prior to full-scale implementation across the city? How can the results of the testing phase be incorporated into broader city policy or programmes.

These questions will be discussed through presentations that enlighten specific demands, tested methodologies and concrete results on walkability and slow mobility.





Architect and urban planner, Urbego

After completing her architecture degree Giulia worked in Italy, Macedonia, Turkey, Albania and The Netherlands. In addition, she took part in several international workshops on urban design and published a number of articles in journals and conferences, on housing and planning in the Balkans region. Giulia also graduated in Urban Planning and Management at Erasmus University, Rotterdam with a specialization in Urban and Regional Development and Housing.

Currently she works as project manager at the International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP) in Copenhagen. In 2012 Giulia co-founded Urbego, an international platform for young planning professionals.

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Economist and urban planner, Urbego

Simona is an economist and urban planner specialising in urban mobility and strategic transport studies with a particular focus on public transport, pedestrian mobility and public space. She has been working in London since 2010 as a transport planning consultant.

Her work spans across the public and private sector and both across the UK and abroad. She has advised on pedestrian movement and crowding behaviour, crossing and static activity on corridors such as Regent Street and Piccadilly and has also produced comprehensive movement studies to support public realm and pedestrian oriented investments.

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Director of the Urban Center Bologna

The architect Giovanni Ginocchini is the director of the Urban Center Bologna, an institution that helps spread urban issues within the Italian city. Giovanni has previously worked for the magazine urban Planum and has collaborated with the Department of Architecture and Planning (SLIDE) of the Polytechnic University of Milan. Ginocchini has been a member of the Expert Committee of the European Prize for Urban Public Space since 2014.

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Vaclav NovotnyVaclav Novotny

Transport planner at Prague Institute of Planning and Development

Since Vaclav graduated from the Faculty of Transportation Sciences of Czech Technical University in Prague he has worked with urban planning in small cities in Czech Republic. He is specialized in sustainable transportation concepts in master plans and urban studies. At this moment, Vaclav works for Prague Institute of Planning and Development, where he deals with sustainable transport in Prague and with strategic transport planning. Valav is the certified transport planner from the Czech Chamber Certified Engineers and Technicians Active in Construction. Along with his work he is studying a PhD and teaches the subject Transportation in Urban Planningat Faculty of Transportation Sciences.

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We Made That

Holly Lewis is a registered architect and co-founding partner of We Made That. Established in 2006, We Made That is a young, London-based architecture studio delivering projects in the public realm. The relationship between local communities, development and creative practice is a particular focus of the practice's work and they believe that - handled correctly - it can lead to enriched, exciting and engaging environments. Recent projects include high street regeneration in Croydon, a public realm masterplan in Islington and cycling interventions in the Nine Elms Opportunity Area, London.

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Urban planner

Graduated in Urban Planning, at Polis University, Tirana, Albania, followed by a short academic experience at the University of Van Hall Larenstein, Holland and TU WienN, Vienna, Austria. Currently pursuing his Master's degree in "Environment Planning" at Polis. Work experience in the field of public place making and community based project management and evaluation at local level. His fields of interest comprise: environmental and urban planning, ecological network planning, social activism and participatory policy making and sustainable urban development. His professional experience comprise project management and expertise in different local and regional scale planning projects.

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Senior Analyst, Telefonica Digital

Nicolae works in the analytics team at Telefonica Dynamic Insights (TDI), part of the Telefonica Digital product family. TDI is focused on the development of products and services that leverage Telefonica's global big data assets, providing mobile insight solutions and using this insight to enlighten the space between organizations and their users. Before joining Telefonica, Nicolae worked as a transport consultant for AECOM, and as a researcher for the World Resources Institute in Washington DC. He holds a Master of City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Welcome and coffee

Testing and prototyping new approaches to pedestrian and public space planning

Giulia Maci and Simona Dobrescu, Urbego

Smart governance and planning

Giovanni Ginocchini, Urban Center Bologna

Václav Novotný, Institute of Planning and Development of the City of Prague

Qualitative methods and punctual interventions in regeneration areas

Holly Lewis, We Made That, London

Questions and debate

Social activism and citizen involvement

Silvi Jano, Tirana

Big data and analytics for urban mobility

Nicolae Duduta, Telefonica, London

Questions and debate


This talk is a part of Sprout Talent Week Open Talks

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Sprout Talent Week - Open Talks: The Walkable City
Date 18th of August
Time 8:30-11:00
Show on map Location Fæstningens Materialgård Eventroom
Frederiksholms Kanal 30
1220 Copenhagen
Price DKK 100 / Student admission DKK 60
Organiser Danish Architecture Centre, Anna Bisgaard-Nøhr, abn@dac.dk

Wednesday, July 08, 2015 / By jla@dac.dk

Last updated Tuesday, October 06, 2015