Speaker Series #5 - Future of mobility - Future of the neighbourhoods

Topic: Future of the neighborhoods - keynote speeches and panel discussion

  • Elena Schirnding de Almeida (Professorship for Urban Design, Technical University Munich)
  • Jan Kamensky (Visual Utopist)
  • Jörg Spengler (BA Chairman and Cycling Officer District Committee City District 5)
  • Dr. Uwe Kranenpohl (Vice Chairman of the UA "Mobility and Transport" in BA 17 and Prof. for Political and Administrative Sciences)
  • Master students of the aqt Summer School
  • Moderation: Oliver May-Beckmann (Managing Director MCube)

When and where: Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, from 4:30-6 p.m. at the corner of Summer Street and Schlotthauer Street. The square will be closed for the Speaker Series.

Registration: here

What is it about? Future of mobility - future of quarters | What will the urban quarter of tomorrow look like? Not the newly planned and realized neighborhood on the outskirts of the city, but the existing, grown, ordinary neighborhoods in our cities?

Join us in the Südliche Au, where for one day we will transform parking spaces into a laboratory of ideas and a place for constructive exchange. Here we will explore international and regional trends as well as Utopien experience how people will be mobile in the neighborhood of tomorrow. In addition to our experts, we offer especially the master students of the aqt (car-reduced neighborhoods) Summer School the space to present their concrete ideas for the Südliche Au and Walchenseeplatz in Munich and to receive feedback from all participants.

We are looking forward to the impulses of the following experts:

Elena Schirnding de Almeida

Dipl.-Ing. Architect and Urban Planner | Professorship Urban Design | Technical University Munich

About the speaker: Elena is an architect and urban planner. She leads the Public Planning Lab at TUM, which brings together participants+ from the fields of structural engineering, urban design, water management, road construction, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering and tests interdisciplinary collaboration. Elena conducts research on innovations in urban planning at the Urban Design Professorship, focusing in particular on the role of planning and building administrations. She studied architecture at TUM and at UFPR in Brazil and, after working as a freelance planning architect, completed her traineeship in urban planning at the City of Munich.

Jan Kamensky

Utopist from Hamburg

About the speaker: Hamburg-based artist Jan Kamensky describes himself as a visual utopian and digital gardener. Since 2020, he has been creating unique animations in which he playfully visualizes the transformation of car-friendly streets into people-friendly places. By humorously ridding streets of cars and planting virtual trees, he aims to sow a new consciousness in people's minds. Previous visual habits are to be weaned. Nowadays, roads are inseparably associated with cars. This is a modern phenomenon that needs to be changed. The street should be associated with people. He means: This change begins in the way we see the world!Kamensky's utopian approach carries a crucial function: After the viewer:s have had a glimpse of the contrasting utopia, they return to reality with a sharpened eye - an invitation to reflect on the present situation. The view of our living world is to be changed thereby. The expansion of consciousness is in the foreground, not so much the feasibility. Even though he would certainly be happy about an implementation!

Jörg Spengler

Chairman of the District Committee Au-Haidhausen | Bündnis 90/Die Grünen

About the speaker: As a transport turnaround activist and local politician, Jörg Spengler is not only very interested in the idea of "car-reduced neighborhoods," he would go even further and aim for a car-free Munich 2030 as a target. On a theoretical level, the city of Munich is also already moving a good deal in the right direction. It agreed on the "Mobility Strategy 2035" in 2021. It states that "streets are also important living spaces that significantly shape the image and quality of life of our city." In Au-Haidhausen, there is a lot of sympathy for changes in terms of quality of stay and greening. We want less car traffic and parking spaces and more trees and park benches. But how can we achieve a rapid change in traffic patterns democratically and in dialogue with the citizens? What can be convincing alternatives to the private car? I hope that the discussion and the AQT project as a whole will provide answers to these questions.