Access to Mobility & Urban Space
From Hamtramck and Southwest to Eastern Market and North End, Detroit offers a wide urban scope, but how does access vary for each neighborhood in the city? Citizens and entire neighborhoods are feeling the impact of development projects that have transformed the city into an innovation hub — for better or for worse. re:publica Detroit discusses questions regarding Access to Mobility & Urban Space.
Some of the questions we are hoping to tackle: What role does access to the urban space play for Detroit metro inhabitants? How can we ensure access to and for all communities and neighborhoods, especially for those communities that need it most? What urban developments must happen but aren’t, and which projects are leading to unwanted gentrification? What role should public transportation play in Detroit’s future? How does the 24-hour economy encourage neighborhood access and play out in the long run? What does accessible recycling have to do with urban development?
Detroit has the nation’s lowest digital inclusion rate. How will the individuals who need them most access transportation services like Uber, Lyft and e-scooters?
On the topic of Mobility & Urban Space, there’s a lot to learn from almost every discipline, and we are looking forward to the critical, creative, academic and artistic contributions of this topic. Urban life and the mobility of the future concern all of us – regardless of whether you ride a bicycle, drive a car, live in the suburbs, or in midtown.
- Mobility & City-Autonomous driving, electrified vehicles, sharing platforms and many more digital innovations already changed the way we move. But this was just the beginning. In this session, we're taking a hard look at current mobility innovations and how they revolutionize the way we move, live, and how they foster access – of transportation modes, of places and much more. We want to look at the mobility of the future from different perspectives to discuss solutions that work for everyone.
- Mobility & City-The problems of transportation begin with how (single-use, low density) urban development patterns have generated excessively long travel distances to jobs and other daily needs that can then be reached only by automobile. This has reduced the likelihood of having good/successful/affordable public transport or being able to bike or walk to our destinations, and reduced the access of the ones who really need it.
- Mobility & City-What are the hidden logics at play in the housing crisis? Why are financiers & private equity funds BUYING UP MODEST HOUSING COMPLEXES? How can something as material as a building turn into intangible assets, and why is an empty apartment sometimes a better asset than its use as a home? Who are the players and what are the factors that make housing one of today’s most pressing world issues? And how can one hold governments accountable if they don’t meet the human rights obligations?
- Mobility & City-Conventional placemaking strategies privilege the values of practitioners and inaccurately reflect the needs of the communities they seek to serve.
- Mobility & City-This session will explore the increasing use of surveillance in the city of Detroit, a majority black city through the Project Greenlight Program and facial recognition technology, and how a coalition of organizations in Detroit are challenging the city's use of this technology.
- Mobility & City-Many native Detroiters of Diasporic Afrikan ancestry have experienced economic violence and structural racism that has resulted in years of cultural/physical displacement as well as deep emotional trauma. When cultural identity and legacy is displaced so is one's sense of place. This action seeks to address one's ability to change their emotional state and their subsequent social mobility, through the use of storytelling and place-based cultural programming.
- Mobility & City-Detroit is a large metropolis but because it is disconnected, it is less dynamic and innovative than it should be. As this region contemplates being a leader in new mobility technology, how should we invest in our own mobility options? How can new ways of mapping help bridge divides and describe a future that is broadly appealing? This talk will explore some realistic transit proposals in view of the ongoing work of the Regional Transit Authority and how we can describe them visually.
- Mobility & City-Our Disability-Led Design workshop demonstrates what it means to engage in disability as a creative practice, and teaches designers how to integrate disability-led design methods into their own processes. This experience will enable designers to develop a more complete understanding of disability identity and culture, and the creative opportunities these offer. It will also challenge them to think more critically about who we include in the futures we imagine and the systems we seek to create.