Tue, 24.09.2013, 6.30 p.m.
MAK Lecture Hall
The theme of this discussion between experts is the bicycle as the expression of a sustainable urban lifestyle. A large bike-riding contingent of the population stands for a high standard of living and contributes to the development of an active and attractive image for conurbations. How can we reinforce the interest in bike-riding? Is the urban infrastructure ready for the bicycle as a means of mass transport? What will urban mobility be like in the future?
As part of design>neue strategien, the cooperation between the MAK and departure – The Creative Agency of the City of Vienna, prominent guests will discuss the topics ensuing from the departuer conceptual competition “CYCLING AFFAIRS. Smarte Ideen für Rad & Stadt” (Smart Ideas for Bike and City) in the MAK. The resulting show includes creative conceptual approaches and clever solutions for urban cycling and bicycle culture in Vienna.
The event accompanies the exhibition TOUR DU MONDE. Bicycle Stories, which presents fifty bicycle icons of the twentieth/twenty-first centuries from the private EMBACHER COLLECTION®. The selection tells of the quality and diversity of design manifested in this classic vehicle, whose successively modified technology and shape also reflect the history of innovation and design. The cycling experiences of the musician, all-round artist and bicycle activist David Byrne during his concert tours in the world’s great cities, New York, Berlin, Istanbul, and so forth, form a kind of subtext—stories, compiled in his Bicycle Diaries, in which the bicycle takes the stage as “awareness machine” for city, country, and people.
Wolfgang Aichinger is scientific associate at the German Institute for Urban Studies in Berlin. He completed his degree in spatial planning at the TU (Universtiy of Technology) in Vienna with an analysis of the bicycle transport policy in Rio de Janeiro. Today his work focuses on the implementation of the National Cycle Transport Plan by “Bicycle Academies” in German communities.
Mikael Colville-Andersen is a mobility expert and CEO of Copenhagenize Consulting, which has also brought “Cycle-Chic” and “The Slow Bicycle Movement” into being. He is renowned as an ambassador of the bicycle and a trendsetter, whose blogs and lectures on bicycle culture, design, and social media influence urban planning far beyond the borders of Denmark.
Andrea Weninger is transport planner and shareholder with Rosinak & Partner in Vienna and teaches at the universities of applied sciences of Campus Wien and St. Pölten. Her work focus is on cycle traffic, public transport, and transport concepts. She was the program director of the 2013 Velo City Conference, the largest international conference devoted to the topic of cycling.
Michael Freund, head of the Media Department, Webster University Vienna & author and editor, Der Standard
Thomas Geisler, Curator, MAK Collection Design, Anne Zimmermann, concept and project management, departure – The Creative Agency of the City of Vienna