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Master Class in Planning for Green and Livable Cities Through Reduced Automobile Dependence

2021-06-14 2021-06-24
Online Event

Course dates: June 14th - June 24th 2021 (Monday to Thursday afternoons) 

This course, spread over eight afternoons examines how cities can become more green and livable places by reducing their dependence on the car. It is a globally-oriented course which will take participants on a broad tour of ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’ of urban environments around the world. It will emphasise many important positive changes that are occurring in urban environments worldwide in this, “the century of the city.”

It is possible to take either the entire course (11 000 SEK/1000 EUR excl. VAT, one e-book is included in this package) or only choose four of the ten sessions listed below (5000 SEK/500 EUR excl. VAT).

The course will show how cities have evolved to become dependent on the car, the many problems associated with that automobile dependence and the factors that underpin this phenomenon. Participants will learn about three fundamental city types that still exist in the world today - walking, public transport and automobile - mixed together within each city, but in different proportions. It will show how we can plan for and implement reduced automobile dependence and how some cities are already moving beyond that dependence. It will examine best practice approaches to public transport and non-motorised modes and will critique traditional approaches to transport planning. A film will be shown which reveals how cities can do without freeways and how there is a growing trend to try to rid cities of selective parts of their freeway systems.

The course will provide an international perspective on linking urban public transport, especially rail, to land use development, through a global overview of transit-oriented development (TOD) around both light rail and metro/suburban rail systems. More broadly, we will explore efforts to create green cities, particularly emphasising Europe. The lectures will examine two inspiring case studies from Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany and Portland, Oregon in the USA, which show how, in an integrated way, these two cities from very different cultural and political contexts, have carved out some global credentials in implementing greener, more ecological and less car-dependent futures for themselves. Overall, the course will show how cities in many different contexts are moving away from car-based planning and how it is possible to envision an end to automobile dependence.

The following sessions will be included:

1.    A Transport and Urban Form History of Cities: Walking, Public Transport and Automobile Cities in a Global Perspective

2.    The Environmental, Social and Economic Problems of Automobile Dependence

3.    Planning for Reduced Automobile Use: International Evidence of How Urban Development is Moving Beyond Auto Dependence

4.    Best Practice in Public Transport Systems: A Global Perspective on the “Hardware” and “Software” of Public Transport Systems

5.    Best Practice for Non-Motorised Modes: A Global Comparative Perspective on the Role of Walking and Cycling and How to Promote It

6.    Traditional Transport Planning: Why It No Longer Works

7.    Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and the Importance of Urban Rail: A Global Perspective

8.    Making Cities Green Cities

9.    Cases Studies in Greening Cities for Reduced Car Dependence: Freiburg, Germany

10. Cases Studies in Greening Cities for Reduced Car Dependence: Portland, Oregon, USA

The course will include a mix of lectures, movies and discussions. Participants throughout the course will be given the opportunity, through five workshop and/or discussion sessions, to engage with course topics in relation to the participants’ own specific urban regions.

Target group
People working in the areas of urban planning, transport planning, public transport, walking and cycling, either within government, the private sector or through community organisations.

Course fee
The course fee is 11 000 SEK / 1000 EUR excl. VAT for the entire course. It is possible to choose only ONE package from the course which cost 5000 SEK /500 EUR excl. VAT. The registration cannot be cancelled, but transferred to another person within an organisation if necessary. The organisers reserve the right to cancel the course, should too few registrations be received. In the event of the course being cancelled, a full refund will be provided, otherwise the fee is non-refundable.

Contact our education manager Helena Svensson, helena.svensson@tft.lth.se, if you are interested in knowing more.

Date and venue
The course will be held online over eight afternoons from Monday to Thursday between June 14 and June 24.

All lectures will be given in English. 


Name: Master Class in Planning for Green and Livable Cities Through Reduced Automobile Dependence   Location: Online Event
  Fee: 11000 SEK (not incl. VAT)
Start: 2021-06-14   End: 2021-06-24