« For 7000 years, streets were public domain. The most democratic spaces in the history of homo sapiens. The automobile changed that. Using direct human observation and basic design principles in urban planning, we can try and reverse the damage done to our cities by a century of traffic engineering. It’s time to move on. Anthropology and Design can make the difference in our quest to modernise our cities.
In his Keynote, Mikael covers the importance of following Desire Lines and highlights Copenhagenize Design Co.’s work with their Desire Line Tool, as well as presenting the thoughts and observations of some of the leading minds in the field. His approach and philosophy that come through his numerous keynotes and TED talks have led others to refer to him as « the Richard Dawkins of cycling » in The Guardian, « the Pope of urban cycling » in La Presse among others, and « the Bieber of urban cycling » by the CBC.
Join us at 5pm on Feb. 9 at Concordia University [Grey Nuns Residence – Room GN E-104 – 1190, rue Guy] for an engaging talk and subsequent discussion about our cities of today. »