On Thursday, January 31, 2013, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto will present Metropolis and Mobile Life. Part of the Daniels Fora series, this discussion and debate will focus on the ways in which our mode of moving in and through cities influences our attitudes toward them, and on the relationships between physical mobility, social life, and economic opportunity.
Metropolis and Mobile Life will feature two prominent speakers on the topic of urban transportation: Federico Parolotto of the innovative firm Mobility in Chain, and Tom Vanderbilt, author of the New York Times bestseller Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us).
Moderated by Dean Richard Sommer, the debate will investigate how reforming transit infrastructure, and the changes in travel behaviour that result, can initiate new forms of public life and new kinds of urban space. It is time to expand and elevate the level of debate in Toronto surrounding light rail vs. subways, or whether or not to tear down or restore aging expressways. We must better measure the choices we face in light of the broader effect that different modes of transit infrastructure can have on society.
The discussion runs from 6:30om to 8:00pn at the Isabel Bader Theatre, located at 93 Charles Street West in Toronto. This is a free public event; however, tickets are required and are available through Eventbrite at: http://metropolisandmobilelife.eventbrite.com.