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20 proposals addressed to the participants of the Citizens' Convention on Climate

Mobile Lives Forum

10/02/2020

The Citizens’ Convention for Climate is a French assembly consisting of 150 randomly selected citizens whose mission it is to formulate proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 % by 2030 in a spirit of social justice. The Steering and Strategic Foresight Committee of the Mobile Lives Forum sent members of the "Transport" group 20 proposals based on research projects that tackle the challenge of reducing travel-related emissions.

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A Proposal for a Post-automobile Future

Maurie Cohen

13/12/2019

It is becoming apparent that widespread diffusion of autonomous vehicles and other innovative mobility technologies is going to take longer than champions have promised. The current pause provides an opportunity to reassess options and consider alternatives that have been relegated to the sidelines by the recent rush to embrace smart-city visions unlikely to enhance capabilities for human flourishing in a carbon-constrained world. This article considers how we might envisage and create urban…

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Let’s plan for the final days of cars

Agathe Lefoulon, Sylvie Landriève, Christophe Gay

18/09/2019

In France, cars represent almost 40 million driver’s licenses, and 80% of driven kilometers. They’re extremely popular, despite the many negative impacts on our lives that are sometimes dramatic and often irreversible. Illustrations © Les Infotographies

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The spatial underpinnings of the revolutionary protests in Algiers

Ghaliya Djelloul, Aniss Mouad Mezoued

01/07/2019

Since February 22, 2019, when Algerians started to mobilize within the public space, the political scene has been taken over by weekly mass protests, described by the press as “tsunamis”, in the urban centers of the country’s large and smaller cities. Until now, the attention has been on the popular movement’s demands and successive gains, largely ignoring the spatial forms of the mobilization despite this being central to the current rebirth of civil society. Indeed, the daily fight to (re…

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Mobility and disability

Javier Caletrío

18/06/2019

The daily experiences of mobility for the majority of disabled people still remain overlooked. What does it mean to move around in our cities when physical mobility is reduced? How can society be made more accessible for all?

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Mobility and Environment : the European ambiguity

Yves Crozet

17/05/2019

Under the COP 21 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the European Union has committed itself to significantly reducing CO2 emissions, in particular from transport. By 2030, transport, which accounted for 60% of the EU’s emissions in 2014, is expected to reduce its emissions by 30% when compared with 2005 levels. However, this objective seems very ambitious in the light of recent developments. Although emissions fell in 2009-2011 due to the economic downturn, they subsequently picked up…

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The self-driving car, a niche market or a true revolution?

Christophe Gay, Sylvie Landriève

02/10/2018

The car is at the center of our mobility system. It has shaped cities and territories, imposing its infrastructures, norms, and speed. By monopolizing public spaces (roads, parking spaces, parking lots…), it has relegated other forms of transportation (walking, bicycling…) and practices (playing games, strolling…) to a small portion of the road. However, today, its negative effects are unanimously denounced (air pollution, emission of greenhouse gasses, accidents, traffic, noise ...), first and…

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The flying less movement

Javier Caletrío

19/07/2018

Compared to the cacophony of disparate voices praising the virtues of driving less, cycling and walking, calls for rethinking our flying habits have until recently been few and far between. Yet the number of advocates of ‘flying less’ has been steadily growing for more than a decade. As their voices begin to echo further afield, they have turned what was until recently a rather niche debate into a movement reshaping the way we think of air travel. Who are these people and what is their message?

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From Constructed Scarcity and Mobility Austerity towards Mobility Commons?

18/07/2018

We’ve got a lack of space in the city, we’ve got a lack of space on the road and we’ve got a lack of space… it’s a strange metaphor, but – a lack of space in the air…let’s say… CO2. Sustainable mobility consultant, the Netherlands  

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Robert Smithson and the gold rush

Guillaume Logé

17/07/2018

It is alongside a highway under construction that we find Robert Smithson, whose work we analyzed in the previous post . Where does this long expanse of asphalt the construction equipment is unfurling actually lead? What does it tell us about the way we develop? What drives us to build it?

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Future London: Sustaining the Unsustainable? A Book Review

16/07/2018

In November 2014 I visited the launch of the book “Sustainable London? The Future of a Global City” co-edited by Loretta Lees (University of Leicester) and Rob Imrie (Goldsmiths, University of London). One thought was repeated by most speakers: “sustainable development” discourse in London on closer examination turns out to be about “sustaining the unsustainable”.

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Periodizing Mobilities and Scales of Transition.

16/07/2018

A Guardian report on April 30th 2015 suggested that the US, UK and other advanced economies might have reached or passed their point of peak car use.[1] The economic crash of 2008 meant that car traffic, growing since cars were invented, plateaued and fell.

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