USER CENTERED DESIGN IN TRANSPORT PLANNING: Inclusive mobility and public space

USER CENTERED DESIGN IN TRANSPORT PLANNING: Inclusive mobility and public space

July 13th | Theme: User Centered Design in Transport Planning

Inclusive mobility and public space

Curator: Andrea Gorrini, Systematica

Moderator: Jonelle Hanson, Systematica

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Despite recent efforts towards sustainable mobility in urban scenarios, the measures currently in place to design and manage public transport service and infrastructure do not sufficiently consider the needs of vulnerable city users. As highlighted by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by all United Nations Member States (i.e. SDG 11.2-Sustainable Transport for All), public transport should be designed to be inclusive for women, children, persons with imparied mobility and elderly: “By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons”. In this framework, the talk “User Centered Design in Transport Planning” will introduce a series of Systematica’s research projects based on the application of GIS-based analysis for investigating the women’s needs as users of urban railway infrastructures (H2020 DIAMOND project) and for assessing the level walkability for women (Wher app, TRB ongoing paper), elderly (Shaping Ageing Cities) and children (BISP) in different EU/US cities.


Fabrizio Prati, Associate Director of Design

Fabrizio Prati is an urban designer with 10 years of international experience in safe and sustainable urban design, mobility, street and public spaces design. He joined NACTO in 2015 and as the Associate Director of Design he helps oversee projects and activities under the Bloomberg’s Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) program and the development of new publications. He is one of the authors of the Global Street Design Guide. He graduated from the post-graduate Master of Urban Design at UC Berkeley and previously obtained a Master in City and Regional Planning from the Paris School of Planning. Fabrizio is a city enthusiast and avid urban explorer.

H. Joon Park, PhD, Senior Project Manager
New York City Department of Transportation

H. Joon Park is a senior project manager with approximately 27 years’ experience at Office of Construction Mitigation & Coordination (OCMC), New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT). He is a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing Applications (AED50) and Traffic Safety Analysis and Policy Group (SIG C4) of the World Conference on Transport Research Society. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Transportation Planning and Engineering from the New York University Tandon School of Engineering. He has been a conference speaker/presenter for various international conferences such as TRB Annual and National Transportation Planning Applications Conference meetings, ITE Technical Conference and District Annual meetings, the International Symposium on Enhancing Highway Performance (ISEHP), the Road Safety on Five Continents (RS5C) conference, the Road Safety & Simulation International Conference, the International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies, the International Symposium on Highway Geometric Design. Before joining NYC DOT, he worked for private consulting companies and was a co-founder and principal software developer at Crossroad Systems, LLC, a software company specializing in transportation data collection/analysis and simulation tool developments using advanced, emerging technologies.

Vivian Doumpa, Board Member
Placemaking Europe

Vivian Doumpa is an Athens-based urban planner and geographer, with a specialization in (creative & inclusive) placemaking. She has international experience on placemaking and citizens’ inclusion and participation in urban planning, especially on matters of public space and neighbourhood revitalization. Throughout her work she integrates aspects of socio-cultural management, non-formal education, community building and systemic change. She is an associate partner for STIPO, a netherlands-based team for urban development, in Greece and board member of Placemaking Europe network. She enjoys working on various scales, from neighbourhood level to strategic and international one, while experimenting with different topics, varying from creative and cultural economy to urban mobility and circular economy.

Andrea Gorrini, PhD, Transport Research Consultant

Andrea Gorrini is an environmental psychologist with experience in human behavior in transport systems, pedestrian crowd  dynamics and walkability. Since 2019, he collaborates with Systematica as Transport Research Consultant. He oversees research and development activities related to the identification, collection and exploitation of different mobility data sources through GIS, data analytics, video tracking tools and questionnaires.