Placemaking Sandbox for Transport Practitioners

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This seminar will be via ZOOM only.


SPEAKER:

Dr Iderlina Mateo-Babiano Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning, Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne


DATE & TIME:

December 6 (Monday) 13:00-14:00pm HK time (16:00-17:00pm Melbourne time)


ABSTRACT:

Cities are changing very rapidly. Vibrant public spaces make for inclusive, engaging and resilient cities. Strategies and methods traditionally implemented to better manage public spaces, including our public transport environments, may no longer be appropriate to address these unpredictable transformations. In this presentation, I will introduce the Placemaking Sandbox program as a way of fostering a greater understanding of “placemaking” within and outside of transport environments --- the walking, waiting and riding environments --- and the benefit of providing a “sandbox” environment to design and test council-supported, community-led initiatives before and as they are implemented in our cities and communities.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Iderlina Mateo-Babiano, PhD, is Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne. She is also Assistant Dean, Diversity and Inclusion. An architect, urban planner and transport planner by training, she teaches Urban Design and Place Making for The Built Environment. Her research is concerned with improving our understanding of how people interact with place, creating unique challenges and opportunities for positive place-based change. She has also advanced a significant body of knowledge in streets as places, active transport, gender and transport, with theory and policy implications within the Australasian setting.


HOST:

Professor Becky P.Y. Loo, Director, Institute of Transport Studies


ORGANIZER:

Institute of Transport Studies, The University of Hong Kong


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Registration link: https://www.institute-of-transport-studies.hku.hk/event-details/itsseminar20211206/form

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Walkable for Whom: Health, Social Justice, and Equity Impacts of the Built and Natural Environment

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SPEAKER:

Professor Lawrence D. Frank, Ph.D., CIP

Professor, Urban Studies and Planning @ UC San Diego

President, Urban Design 4 Health, Inc.


DATE & TIME: 18 November 2021 (Thu), 14:00 – 15:00 (Hong Kong Time) /

17 November 2021 (Wed), 22:00 – 23:00 (Pacific Standard Time)


This Distinguished Transport Lecture will be held on ZOOM.


ABSTRACT:

Compact walkable environments with greenspace can support active travel and reduce GHG emissions. Recent evidence suggests reduced risk of diabetes and heart disease in more walkable environments. Both built and natural environments may be a factor influencing health and GHG emissions. However, considerably different relationships between health outcomes and walkability exist across income and ethnicity. Disadvantaged are often located in fairly central dense urban environments creating confusing over the convergence of walkability and public health concerns. More at risk populations are often located in places with increased exposure to air pollution and noise, while also lacking in access to greenspace.


Density and proximity are core tenets of walkability which increases exposure and impact of other characteristics of the surrounding environment. For the wealthy this often means access to greenspace, shops, services, and entertainment options while for the poor it means air pollution, noise, and risk of injury or crime. Disadvantaged populations are more likely to develop chronic disease and also more likely to be at risk of mortality from COVID-19. Several policy directives including Justice 40 within the USA and other initiatives from the WHO have been spurred by the pandemic. This presentation will discuss the causal pathway and available evidence linking the physical environment with chronic and infectious disease; and how this pathway diverges for the “haves” versus “have nots.”


From an equity and social justice perspective, it is becoming essential to provide a more complete and effective definition of what constitutes a healthy environment and for whom.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Dr. Frank specializes in the interaction between land use, travel behavior, air quality and health; and in the energy use and climate change impacts of urban form policies. He is a “walkability pioneer” and was among the very first to quantify connections between built environment, active transportation, and health. He began using the term “walkability” in the early 90’s and his work led to WalkScore and has been cited over 40,000 times. He has been listed in Thompson and Reuter’s top 1% in the social sciences and is the #1 top ranked planning academic in North America according to a recent Google Scholar ranking. Dr. Frank has published over 200 peer reviewed articles and reports and co-authored Heath and Community Design and Urban Sprawl and Public Health nearly 2 decades ago that mapped out the field emerging at the nexus between built and natural environments and health.


ORGANISED BY:

Institute of Transport Studies, The University of Hong Kong

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Public Transit Before, During, and Following the Pandemic: A View From California


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SPEAKER:


Professor Brian D. Taylor

Professor of Urban Planning

Director, Institute of Transportation Studies

Director, Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies

University of California, Los Angeles



DATE & TIME: 28 September 2021(Tue), 10:00 - 11:00 am Hong Kong Time/

27 September 2021(Mon), 7:00 - 8:00 pm PDT


This Distinguished Transport Lecture will be held on ZOOM.


ORGANISED BY:

Institute of Transport Studies, The University of Hong Kong


ABSTRACT:

Public investment in public transit in the United States has been growing in the 21st century, particularly in its most populous and wealthiest state: California. However, ridership on buses and trains has been eroding since the start of the Great Recession in the late 2000s. As observed, recovery from COVID-19 pandemic has been slow. This talk explores the many dimensions of lagging ridership prior to, during, and coming out of the pandemic in California, in spite of many impressive investments in and improvements to transit service. It will also examine what might be done to revive transit use in the months and years ahead, and what lessons the California

experience may have for other places which would have the similar situation.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Brian D. Taylor, FAICP is a Professor of Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UCLA. He is also a Director of the Lewis Centre for Regional Policy Studies at UCLA. He was a planner of San Francisco Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission. His research focused on exploring how society pays for transportation systems and how these systems in turn serve the needs of people. Topically, he examines travel behavior, transportation economics & finance, and politics & planning.


His recent research examines public transit use and finance prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic, the socio-economic dimensions of travel behavior, the rise of local option sales taxes for transportation, and the effects of traffic congestion on regional economies and housing production.


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