Meetup: Who do our streets belong to?

Many would agree that our dependence on cars is damaging our health - and the planet’s. But how to drive change towards a better future of mobility? What to prioritise, who do our streets belong to, what do we use them for, and who gets to decide? Together we will address these questions and explore how we change the physical environment in service of people and the planet, rather than capital.

Why we should stop being distracted by tech’s ideas for transportation and refocus on collective solutions to real problems.

During this meetup on Wednesday, August 31, we'll dive into collective solutions for the future of mobility – by hosting a dialogue and book-presentation with Paris MarxRoad To Nowhere - What Silicon Valley Gets Wrong About The Future Of Transportation (2022). After the book presentation, Marco te Brömmelstroet - the cycling professor - will present his views from the Dutch perspective.

20:00 – 20:20 hrs: doors open
20:20 – 20:30 hrs: introduction by Waag
20:30 – 20:50 hrs: presentation Paris Marx
20:50 – 21:00 hrs: presentation Marco te Brömmelstroet
21:00 – 21:30 hrs: dialogue with panel
21:30 – 22:00 hrs: drinks

This event is in English.

About the speakers

Paris Marx is a Canadian tech-critic and host of the Tech Won’t Save Us podcast. They will present their latest book Road To Nowhere - What Silicon Valley Gets Wrong About The Future Of Transportation, where they combine intriguing histories with criticism of modern technology to understand how those in power are shaping our transport landscape. In the book they argue that tech innovators have failed to keep many of the promises they’ve made so far, and their future vision could ultimately make society worse. 

Marco te Brömmelstroet – known as the 'cycling professor' – is a Professor at the University of Amsterdam and holds the Chair on Urban Mobility Futures. He is also the founding academic director of the Urban Cycling Institute that is part of the Centre for Urban Studies. He has written together with Thalia Verkade the book Het recht van de snelste published 2020 (English: Movement - How to Take Back Our Streets and Transform Our Lives 2022).

Because the Waag building is a protected monumental building, it unfortunately doesn't have an elevator. The event will take place in the Theatrum Anatomicum on the third floor of the Waag building.






Waag, Nieuwmarkt 4 in Amsterdam


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Urbanite has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870338.