Ole B. Jensen is Professor of Urban Theory/Urban Design at the Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark. His main research interests are mobilities theories, urban design, networked technologies, and urban theory. He is the co-author of Making European Space. Mobility, Power and Territorial Identity (Routledge, 2004, with Tim Richardson), the co-editor of Technologies of Mobility in the Americas (Peter Lang, 2012 with Phillip Vannini, Lucy Budd, Christian Fisker and Paola Jiron) and the author of the forthcoming books Staging Mobilities (Routledge, 2013) and Designing Mobilities (Aalborg Univeristy Press, 2013).

Mobility Divides – ‘Staging’ and designing differential mobilities

Abstract: Contemporary mobilities are cultural and social manifestations, and the mobile practices in the everyday life of billions of humans are re-configuring senses of place, self, other and relationships to the built environment. The way ‘mobile situations’ are staged in designed and built environments are increasingly becoming ‘second nature’ but also expressions of power, exclusion, and difference. In this talk I will be applying a perspective of ‘mobile situationism’ illustrating how mobile everyday life practices are staged ‘from above’ in planning and policy frameworks, design codes and architectural designs, but also how the situated and embodied mobile everyday life practices are staged ‘from below’ in concrete acts of choice concerning modes of mobilities, ways of moving and interacting. The ‘staging mobilities’ framework opens up to an understanding of the meaning of ‘mobilities design’ in the everyday life and cast light on how design and ‘materialities of mobilites’ are creating differential mobilities across societies, social networks, and communities of practices.