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Vortrag Jeff Kenworthy | 10.12.2007, 19.00 h
Ort | Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Hauptgebäude, Schillerplatz 3, 1010 Wien, Aula

On issues of: urban form and especially density; congestion; transportation infrastructure priorities; integrating development around transit infrastructure; the planning and urban design of centres in cities.

What is “peak oil” and why is it important for cities?

What are the global patterns of transport energy use and passenger transport CO2 production in cities and what are some of the key factors that help to explain these patterns?

What does this tell us about paradigm shifts needed in urban planning and transportation to effectively respond to the peak oil and climate change agenda?

The focus in answering this question are on issues of:
urban form and especially density; congestion; transportation infrastructure priorities; integrating development around transit infrastructure; the planning and urban design of centres in cities.

These factors are drawn together into a coherent vision of paradigm shift in urban planning and transportation through the concept of the daily travel time budget of 1 hour per person or the “Marchetti Constant” (the 1 hour wide city) (see Newman and Kenworthy (2006) Urban Design to Reduce Automobile Dependence. Opolis 2 (1), 35-52

The urban form and infrastructure changes needed to realise this paradigm shift  for reducing car use and transport energy consumption, are contrasted with the idea of technological fixes in urban transportation to tackle the energy and climate change agenda.

Jeff Kenworthy is Professor in Sustainable Cities, Murdoch University, Perth and Visiting DAAD Teaching Fellow at the Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main.He has spent 28 years in the transport and urban planning field and currently teaches courses and supervises postgraduate students in the city policy and urban sustainability fields. He is co-author (with Peter Newman, Felix Laube and others) of a number of books. These include:

  • Cities and Automobile Dependence: An International Sourcebook, a major study comparing 32 cities in Asia, North America, Australia and Europe;
  • Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence;
  • An International Sourcebook of Automobile Dependence in Cities, 1960-1990.
  • Back On Track: Rethinking Transport Policy in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Winning Back the Cities

As well, he is author and co-author of over 200 other book chapters and journal publications in the area of city policy. He has extensive experience in the areas of compact housing developments, public transport systems and sustainable transport policy and has worked as a consultant for local, state and federal governments in Australia, as well as private organisations and the World Bank. He has also acted in an advisory capacity in the Premier's Department in WA. Dr Kenworthy has lectured internationally in 23 countries and over 50 cities to universities, government agencies and community organisations on city policy issues.

He was for three and a half years Project Director in ISTP for a large project called the Millennium Cities Database for Sustainable Transport for the International Union (Association) of Public Transport in Brussels (UITP). This study includes 100 developed and developing cities in every part of the world and includes comparative data on urban land use, transport, economics and the environment of cities.

Jeff Kenworthy received the Australian Centenary Medal from the Australian Prime Minister’s Office for service to planning and sustainability in relation to public transport and urban form.

From September 1, 2007 until August 31, 2008 Professor Kenworthy is teaching at the Fachhochschule - Frankfurt am Main on a DAAD visiting professor fellowship. During this time he will also begin the update of the Millennium Cities Database for Sustainable Transport with the assistance of a grant given to him at the Fachhochschule- Frankfurt am Main from the Helen and William Mazer Foundation in New Jersey USA.


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