The discussion ranged from design concerns to the realm of human emotions and the importance of empathy. Here are some of the highlights.
Question one: What is the biggest challenge in making streets in African cities more people friendly?
A1: Outdated street design standards are an obstacle to more livable streets. #UrbanThinkers— Rory Williams (@carbonsmart) June 27, 2017
A1: Lack of empathy for each other. Our streets feel dangerous #Urbanthinkers— MarcelaGuerreroCasas (@NoanaMashika) June 27, 2017
Question two: If you could change one thing about the streets in your city, what would that be?
A2: I would decree walking the default mode of mobility on streets and ensure street design accounts for this! #UrbanThinkers— Brent Smith (@BSideCT) June 27, 2017
A2: Speed on neighbourhood roads. It kills, divides and disinfects space #UrbanThinkers— Lisa Kane (@LisaKaneZa) June 27, 2017
A2 streets being understood as whole public spaces.. not conducted for people who as supposed to behave like fluid dynamics #Urbanthinkers— Kirsten Wilkins (@contestedspaces) June 27, 2017
A2.Cities count what they care about most, normally cars/traffic. Count people + city life, + use it to make people places #UrbanThinkers— Christopher Martin (@chriscities) June 27, 2017
Question three: What benefits do you think Open Streets programmes can bring to African cities?
Q3 mostly the intangible yet crucial ones...connection, hope, sense of possibility, inspiration #UrbanThinkers— Lisa Kane (@LisaKaneZa) June 27, 2017
A3. Confidence to test new ideas, which is key to convincing people the world won't end if, say, parking space is repurposed #UrbanThinkers— Christopher Martin (@chriscities) June 27, 2017
A3,connecting people from all walks of life to share space, transfoming african cities to be more developed on public spaces #UrbanThinkers— Mzikhona Mgedle (@MzikhonaMgedle) June 27, 2017
Question four: Do you have an Urban Thinkers solution to improve our streets in African cities?
A4: African cities grow and evolve rapidly, so need flexible street design to allow for evolving uses. #UrbanThinkers— Rory Williams (@carbonsmart) June 27, 2017
A4 : Bigger sidewalks, bench and public space to enjoy the street #urbanthinkers— Auri (@AurianeLamy) June 27, 2017
Question five: How can Open Streets contribute to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the Global Goals?
Photo by Winslow Gaffley