We need to make our Cities more inclusive
Yesterday my old University – the University of Auckland held one of its 2018 Winter Lecture Series yesterday. This particular lecture was on: Liveable Cities in 2030: Pathways to active, inclusive cities in 2030.
You can watch the lecture below (it starts around the 12 minute mark):
The opening introduction:
2018 Winter Lecture Series: Aotearoa in 2030
Professor Robin Kearns, School of Environment: Creating cities for children New Zealand has conventionally been known as ‘a great place to raise children’.
How can our cities be more child-friendly and inclusive? Drawing on local research and international examples, Robin will examine ways that children can be partners in defining our collective future through being offered a more secure, active and equitable place in our urban world.
Robin Kearns is Professor of Geography in the University of Auckland’s School of Environment. His interest in the links between children’s needs and city spaces began almost two decades ago when his own children were at primary school. A small project seeking to diffuse traffic congestion at the school gate fuelled the development of Auckland’s first walking school bus programme. In the years since a range of collaborative research projects have deepened his concern for a more hopeful future through the intersection of sustainable practices, convivial neighbourhoods and creative methodologies. With co-editors Christina Ergler and Karen Witten he recently published the Routledge book Children’s Health and Wellbeing in Urban Environments.
Dr Alex Macmillan, Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago: A healthy transport future requires an ordinary revolution Thinking about urban transport futures has lately tended towards technological mysticism.
But if we were to set a vision for transport and urban planning that supported positive wellbeing and fairness, it might look less flashy. Drawing together her own experience doing research and translating it into action, and the experiences of others in Auckland and overseas, Alex will explore deceptively ordinary looking yet iconoclastic transport futures. Alex is a public health physician and senior lecturer in environmental health in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago. Her interest in cities started as an orthopaedic registrar, engaged in the very wasteful activities at the bottom of the road traffic injury cliff. She has spent the last decade on research and action aimed at shifting urban futures towards health, fairness and environmental sustainability.
Professor Kearns is an old professor of mine in my Geography years at Auckland. I have reflected on his comments before when it comes to cities and children here: A City That Is Equitable to All our Citizens. Social equity in the Urban Geography realm that includes critiquing what is known in slang as Tech Bro solutions towards our cities (autonomous cars and so on) is one of my major themes if not major theme of this blog. That is how does spatial development decisions including transport impact of residents and visitors in any given area.
This lecture I would say should be compulsory viewing for all geographers, medical practitioners, planners, engineers, urban designers and politicians if we really want an inclusive City!