Monday 2 December, 2013 6:30 for a 7:00 pm start
De Santis 11-13 Old Street (near junction with Goswell Road) London EC1V 9HL [Map]
We are currently doing some research for Nesta on the future of transport, that will lead to a publication, including analysis and recommendations, in the Spring. We would value your input into the early stage of the report, which we are approaching from four perspectives: vehicles, routes/platforms, nodes, and transport IT, with an emphasis on historical and international contexts, guided by our Manifesto principles.
There is no cost to take part in this discussion, but we do expect participants to do some preparation, and to actively engage in the discussion. Readings will be posted below. If you would like to take part please book via Eventbrite (where you can also add the event to your calendar and find a map locating the venue).
On the evening a short introduction on the subject will also be given, and this will be followed by a general discussion around the questions and themes noted (below).
Questions and themes to consider for the discussion
- What is the purposes of transport?
- What are the dimensions of innovation in transport?
- Where are the great leaps in transport over incremental improvements?
- What can we learn from past innovation?
- What are the contemporary barriers to innovation?
- Is there a role for envisioning future transport modes?
- Can we propose a new way of thinking about and planning future transport?
- How might we innovate R&D approaches around transport, or promote innovative models that are under-exploited?
Books and reports
- IEA: A Tale of Renewed Cities: A policy guide on how to transform cities by improving energy efficiency in urban transport systems
- Report: A national infrastructure for the 21st century, Council for Science and Technology, June 2009 bis.gov.uk
Articles and resources
- Your questions answered: High Speed 2, The Engineer, 5 August 2013
- ‘Beijing shows off latest fast rail link’ Financial Times, June 27, 2011 ft.com
- Transport Reviews: Are We Reaching Peak Travel? Trends in Passenger Transport in Eight Industrialized Countries, Adam Millard-Ball, Lee Schipper, Informa, 18 November 2010
- BAE Systems: Forgotten 1960s ‘Thunderbirds’ projects brought to life baesystems.com
Watching and listening
- Moral Maze: Nimbyism and HS2, BBC Radio 4, 30 Jan 2013
Further readings can be found in the shared bookmarks @thebigpotatoes #transport