Cities and Transport Workgroup: Transporting ourselves to the Future, 02/12/2013 (London)

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?

Initial Readings

Books and reports

Articles and resources

Watching and listening

Further readings can be found in the shared bookmarks @thebigpotatoes #transport

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