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How does human mobility shape our cities?


I visited an exhibition that showed me how human mobility has shaped our cities and urban areas over the ages and through to the immediate future. Following my visit, I was able to meet the organiser of the exhibition, Jean-Marie Duthilleul, and ask him a few questions about the city of the future…

Watch this six-minute interview and tell us what you think! If you want to see the questions I asked, here they are:  

What changes have taken place in the way we see the city of the future? If we look at the exhibition poster, it reminds us of the utopian vision of the 1990s, with its highly creative and visionary approach. Concerning a new vision of the future, I felt that this exhibition sought rather to convey the idea of human mobility in a connected city. What do you think? 

Cities and transport: what is the new equation? What lessons have we learned from superimposing the transport systems that have developed independently over the ages (trams, trains, underground networks, etc.)?

How are connected individuals shaping the city of today? And the city of the future…?

Are connected people the same everywhere? The world’s biggest cities are all trying to be the most modern   ̶  a sort of race to be more connected than anywhere else. Isn’t there a risk that all these cities will end up being like each other, and ultimately losing their identity?

« Circuler. Quand nos mouvements façonnent les villes », (On the move. How our movements shape our cities), an exhibition at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Palais de Chaillot in Paris. Until 26 August 2012.

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