Cities around the world are realizing the potential of using low-cost materials like paint and planters—often referred to as tactical urbanism projects— to reclaim street space and improve safety and comfort for pedestrians and cyclists. ITDP works with cities in the Global South to design and implement “proof of concept” tactical urbanism projects, with the goal of making these temporary interventions permanent. In this webinar, panelists will briefly share how Global South cities are using tactical urbanism to reclaim streets for people: ITDP’s Danielle Hoppe will discuss progress made in Brazilian cities using tactical urbanism, Nour El Deeb will discuss Cairo’s intersection treatment for cycle tracks, Annisa Dyah Lazuardini will share temporary projects to improve access to Jakarta’s MRT, and Aswathy Dilip will highlight the power tactical urbanism has had bringing about transformations on the ground in Pune, Ranchi, and Chennai. A moderated discussion of common challenges, successes, and best practices for scaling up as well as making these projects permanent will follow the presentations.
Nour holds a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering with a specialisation in project management from the American University in Cairo. She graduated with high honours and was honoured by the Egyptian Engineers Syndicate on the Civil Engineer Excellence Day. She previously worked with Schlumberger, the world’s largest oilfield service company, where she worked with a crew of operators on numerous projects, covering different job stages including design, preparation, execution, and closure. Later Nour worked as a project engineer at Al-Futtaim Group a Real Estate Company, assisting with the construction of mega projects. Currently, Nour works at ITDP on BRT planning with a focus on gender analysis, as well as non-motorised projects such as bicycle sharing and bike lane design. Nour always had a passion for contributing to the development needs of societies and believes that improved mobility systems can play a crucial role in creating opportunities and triggering economic development.
Annisa is a multidisciplinary designer in the range of spatial and visual design. With an educational background of Architecture from Universitas Indonesia, Annisa formerly worked as an exhibition and visual designer before continuing her studies at Central Saint Martins, University of The Arts London. She took an MA in Narrative Environments, a collaboration-driven course focusing on applying narrative method to design an environment — ranging from exhibition, city branding, design foresight, and community co-design.
Prior to joining the team in early 2019, she has been actively involved in community co-design projects and research related to urban informal settlements. As a daily public transportation user, her main interests are exploring how design can improve urban mobility experience for vulnerable users and designing experience for public engagement in city planning and design process.
Aswathy Dilip is a Senior Programme Manager leading the Complete Streets strategy, policy, and projects work for the ITDP India Programme. With support from her smart and enthusiastic team, she works with the National, State and City governments; providing them technical assistance on sustainable and equitable urban mobility. Her most exciting work includes transforming congested roads into vibrant streets with space for all users, helping cities implement bold parking reforms, and building support for high-quality, sustainable mass transit. With a keen interest in citizen engagement, Aswathy has organised Car-Free Sundays, intersection design testing, as well as street and public space exhibitions. Currently, she leads the team working on preparation of Complete Streets toolkit for the National Smart City Mission. She is also actively involved in training and capacity development of city officials, engineers and town planners in Complete Streets and parking management. Prior to joining ITDP in 2014, Aswathy spent four memorable and formative years in Ahmedabad working with Dr. Bimal Patel and his team at HCP, on the design and communication of the Sabarmati Riverfront Development Project. She is an urban designer from Cardiff University, UK with Bachelor’s in Architecture. Aswathy believes in the simple joys of life. Ordinary yet uncommon sights—such as children playing carelessly, elderly chit-chatting joyfully, and women travelling confidently—in public spaces of our cities make her smile. Through her professional endeavour, she strives to create more such settings to allow many more such heartening experiences.
Danielle Hoppe worked as an urban analyst in the public and private sectors in Brazil, and has also participated in urban planning-related initiatives supported by the Canadian International Development Agency in Bolivia and Honduras. She holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and a bachelor’s in Architecture and Urban Design from the Federal University in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Before joining ITDP, Danielle was the local coordinator of the Urban Age Conference 2013, organized by the London School of Economics and Political Science in Rio de Janeiro.
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