Capability Sessions: Learning Together

The Capability Sessions: Learning Together webinar series aims to build capability for the Streets for People cohort and wider urban mobility sector. If you would like to be kept up to date on our webinar series, sign up here:

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About Capability Sessions: Learning Together

The Capability Sessions: Learning Together programme is a series of global dialogues that aims to build capability and expand our horizons about how we think and practice. The sessions will motivate practitioners to keep learning, make new connections with peers, and adapt processes to respond better to new context, needs and desires.

  • 2023 sessions

    Capability Sessions: Learning Together with CityThread

    In this session, CityThread's Kyle Wagenschutz and Sara Studdard discussed how to activate local support for projects through effective messaging, using examples from their Final Mile programme. The programme aimed to transform five US cities into great places to bike in record time by gathering public opinion data, and developing customised, targeted messaging to suit these objectives.

    'A messaging framework for mobility' webinar (16 November 2023) 

    Capability Sessions: Learning Together with Demetrio Scopelliti

    In this session, Demetrio covered the adaptive urbanism programmes the City of Milan has been implementing (Open Plazas, Open Streets, and School Streets), and how these have scaled over time. He also focused on the importance of bottom-up community support, key challenges they faced, and how these programmes are evolving. 

    ‘Piazze Aperte: Tactical urbanism as a strategy’ webinar (12 September 2023)

    Capability Sessions: Learning Together with Lucy Saunders

    In this session, Lucy Saunders explained the Healthy Streets approach and shared lessons from her experience working with Transport for London. Her presentation was followed by a presentation by Sam Bourne who discussed how the Healthy Streets approach can support good planning and urban design in New Zealand.

    'Healthy Streets: Lessons from Transport for London’ webinar (8 August 2023)

    Capability Sessions: Learning Together with studio LAUT

    In this webinar Florian Lorenz and Georg Wieser discussed their use of adaptive urbanism as part of their work on the Superblocks and provided insights on tools and strategies for leveraging adaptive urbanism for urban transformation projects.  

    ‘How does adaptive urbanism enable urban transformation in Vienna?’ webinar (18 July 2023) 

    Capability Sessions: Learning Together with Ryan Bellinson

    In this webinar, Ryan focused on how communities of practice can be used to help government changemakers sustain their momentum, share lessons and problem solve with their peers. He used practical examples to examine the role of communities of practice in supporting processes of government innovation.

    ‘Cultivating space and seeding the ground for transformative change’ webinar (21 June 2023)

    Capability Sessions: Learning Together with Melissa Bruntlett

    In this webinar, Melissa reflected on how spaces designed for the safety and comfort of vulnerable people can positively impact the well-being of all people, no matter their age, gender, or ability. She also shared her insights on how communications can play a vital role in realising a shared understanding and celebration of these spaces.

    ‘Finding Happiness and Equity in the Low-Car City’ webinar (10 May 2023)

    Capability Sessions: Learning Together with Sara Ortiz Escalante

    In this webinar, Sara presented Col·lectiu Punt 6's approach to mobility from an intersectional feminist perspective, and shared their methodology, tools of analysis and criteria that can be applied in the different phases of mobility projects (ie assessment, proposals, monitoring and evaluation).

    ‘Everyday life Mobilities, an approach from feminist urban planning’ webinar (14 February 2023) 


    Capability Sessions: Learning Together with Jacob Wessel

    In this session, Jacob Wessel shared his experience enabling open streets programmes and transformation of streetscapes in Boston, US. The discussion focused on the challenges and opportunities faced by local government in the north-eastern United States and New Zealand when deploying plazas, parklets, pedestrian zones, and open streets.

    'Open Streets and Tactical Street Transformation in Boston' webinar (25 January 2023)

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  • 2022 sessions

    Capability Sessions: Learning Together with Eveline Trevisan

    In this session, Eveline Trevisan covers lessons of collaboration between public and civil sectors when it comes to transforming public spaces ‘for people’ and the role of urban pedagogy as a structuring factor for the transformation of cities.

    Transforming our cities, starting from our streets’ webinar (7 December 2022) 

    Capability Sessions: Learning Together with superwien

    In this session, superwien urbanism Director Roland Krebs and Milagros Hurtig, Urban Planning Specialist, share their experiences developing placemaking projects around the globe, transforming spaces into places.

    ‘Participatory urban design, placemaking, and city making’ webinar (24 November 2022)

    Capability Sessions: Learning Together with Manuel Calvo & Yasmin Tapiheroe

    In this webinar, Manuel Calvo, founder of consultancy Estudio MC, shares his experience designing the cycling network and writing the cycling network master plan. Yasmin Tapiheroe (Senior Consultant, Environment and Planning, Aurecon) brings in her insights and observations as an urban planner from Auckland and a user who enjoyed the city's mobility options.

    'Reimagining Our Streets: How the city of Seville successfully integrated active mobility infrastructures into urban centres and spaces' webinar (18 November 2022)

    Capability Sessions: Learning Together with Play Australia

    In this presentation, Kieran Brophy shared impacts of community play streets and key learnings to date, particularly on how to embrace equitable approaches to reach those most in need. Ellie Davidson (Regional Play Consultant) brought NZ's approach to Play Streets to the conversation.

    '1000 Play Streets: Reclaiming neighbourhood streets for connection and play' webinar (8 November 2022)

    Capability Sessions: Learning Together with Urban Foxes

    In this webinar, Bram addresses the importance of collaborative city-making, bottom-up initiatives and why it is vital to include often-forgotten stakeholders in these processes. He shared concrete examples as well as some creative placemaking tools to engage young people in city-making processes. 

    'Involving children and youngsters in the co-creation of our cities' webinar (13 October 2022) 

    Capability Sessions: Learning Together with José Besselink 

    In this webinar, José covers an inspiring journey covering 'planting the seed', to changing policy, to transforming Rotterdam into a walking city. José shared lessons from her city's experience trialling pilot projects, gathering data, community participation, and embracing an integrated approach to planning. 

    'Rotterdam Streets for People' webinar (28 September 2022) 

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Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions at this time. Watch this space.