Conference Theme

The recent acceleration of the world’s mobility has without any doubts affected city streets. This is manifested in the increased rate of transactions, communication channels, trans-nationalism and the unprecedented influx of newcomers. Within this context, a pertinent question on transitional streets seeks to highlight their status quo and examine embedded stories reflecting realities, potentials and possibilities for conviviality.

Referring to the streets for the integrated and universal mobility, this conference addresses scholars in all disciplines to reflect to the questions: how can the evolution of streets be referred to societal critique on current transport systems and mobility patterns? Would integrated and universal mobility in streets of 2030 lead us to a solution for problems related to climate change, environmental degradation, social integration and exclusion, road accidents and casualties, urban traffic congestion, public health, and urban quality-of-life etc? Do technical dimensions and impacts of transport systems follow a critical reflection on the current societal and cultural dimensions of such systems? Do we see cycling and walking in the near future as a way to respond on questions of accessibility, travel time, reliability, safety, security etc. of the urban environments?

This frame for discussing streets traces their entanglement with everyday life, politics, economy, technology, communication, to name few. This requires a grafting process that would allow a wide range of tools and backgrounds to formulate specific but also global understandings of integrated and universal mobility of streets in 2030.

This conference continues to provide a platform for an international and interdisciplinary exchange of scholarship, on adaptive approaches towards transitional city streets.