Sustainable urban futures from transportation and planning to networked urban mobilities

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Journal Article

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place - europe, place - urban, mode - bike, mode - bus, mode - car, mode - pedestrian, land use - planning, policy - sustainable


Sustainable mobilities, Urban planning, Everyday practice, Accessibility, Storytelling, Structural stories


When discussing the future of cities, there is a tendency to focus on technology that will make cities and mobilities more sustainable. A bit further down the line the question of understanding or changing everyday practice arises – how to get people to transform their current mobility practice, or to adjust to the technologies introduced. As a key to understanding and changing practice I argue that storytelling plays a crucial role on different scales. In line with this, the concept of structural stories can be used to understand how specific framings of modes of transport guides everyday practices. To illustrate this, I will use the example of a concept of redesigning Copenhagen’s streets. On these streets space is redistributed so that pedestrians, cyclists and busses get more space, and more space is created for public places and city life. Consequently, the space allocated for cars and parking is scaled down.


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