Cities are for people… not machines

The Disrupting Mobility Summit kicked off with welcoming remarks by Ryan Chin (MIT Media Lab), Florian Lennert (InnoZ), Philipp Rode (LSE), and Susan Shaheen (U.C. Berkeley), followed by a a series of inspiring talks and a lively panel discussion (moderated by Greg Lindsay, New Cities Foundation) among Dan Doctoroff (Sidewalk Labs), Victor Mendez (U.S. Department of Transportation), Nicholas Negroponte, and Kent Larson (both MIT Media Lab) on the future of mobility and cities in general.

Regarding megatrends like urban growth and technology revolutions, the keynote speakers agreed that the main goal of all efforts being taken should be to achieve high quality of life for all people. Current trends like sharing economy, connected automation of transport, and new housing concepts have the potential to reshape the cities towards more compact and more livable environments.

The (all American) panel also looked into other parts of the world, emphasizing that European traditions like governmental regulations or radical trends like car-free cities could inspire a paradigm shift in the perception of the value of taxes for the society (“normal market forces screw cities”) or the role of the automobile.

About 300 registered attendants from research, industry and municipalities participate in this event. The summit will continue today with sessions on technology and social trends disrupting mobility as well transforming cities.