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The sixth Cities and Mobilities seminar focuses on how mobilities are 'designed' and discusses the very fabric of mobile cities as well as the methods of studying it.

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Date 16 March 2018
Time 13:45 - 17:00

During this seminar, guest speaker Ole B. Jensen (Aalborg University, Denmark) will provide the keynote lecture.

Staging and Designing Mobilities

This lecture takes point of departure in the latest material shift of attention within the 'new mobilities turn'. Notions of non-human agencies, actor-network-theories, assemblages, and post-human perspectives have drawn new and interesting boundaries up in many different research areas. At the same time there has been a turn towards design and architecture within the 'new mobilities turn'. The lecture presents the contours of this new map emerging between the existing mobilities research over the new material turns toward the interest in design. In the presentation the positioning of 'material pragmatism' will be explored as a viable platform for integrating these perspectives. In particular, the 'situational' perspective of everyday life mobilities will be addressed and it will connect these to the micro-details of material designs (curbs, asphalt, transit spaces etc.) as well to larger scales of 'systemness' (socio-technical networks, infrastructures, design protocols etc.). The presentation ends with some pointers for future Mobilities design research.

Speaker: Ole B. Jensen

Ole B. Jensen is Professor of Urban Theory at the Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University (Denmark). He is deputy director, co-founder and board member at the Centre for Mobilities and Urban Studies (C-MUS), and Director of the research cluster in 'Mobility and Tracking Technology' (MoTT). Ole B. Jensen is board member at the Center for Strategisk Byforskning (CSB), PhD Program Coordinator at the Media, Architecture and Design Doctoral Program, and Editorial Board Member on the Journal Applied Mobilities. His main research interests are within Urban Mobilities, Mobilities Design, and Networked Technologies. His most recent book (with Ditte Bendix Lanng) is Urban Mobilities Design. Urban Designs for Mobile Situations, 2017, Routledge. 

Full programme


Opening by Anna Nikolaeva (CUS, organizer of the seminar series)



  • Evaluating Urban Design from the Cycling Perspective using Virtual Reality and 360-degree Video/ George Liu, Technical University Eindhoven:
  • Friction/Frictionless in the City. Michael O'Regan, Bournemouth University, UK


Coffee break


  • Staging and Designing Mobilities by Ole B. Jensen
  • Comments and discussion
    Discussant: Marco te Brömmelstroet, Associate Professor in Urban Planning (CUS/UvA) and academic director of Urban Cycling Institute


Drinks at Café Crea


Seminar Series

The Cities and Mobilities Seminar Series aims to develop a conversation on how mobilities shape cities. It does so by fostering exchange and collaboration between scholars from different disciplines and practitioners working on urban mobilities. For more information about the seminar series and for the abstracts of all presentations, please check the Cities and Mobilities website.


The first part of the seminar (13.45-15.10) takes place at the Roeterseilandcampus, in building G, room 1.11.

The second part (15.30-17.00) is hosted in builing J/K, room 1.05


The seminar is free and open to anyone. Please let us know if you are coming by sending an e-mail to the Centre for Urban Studies.

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