Thalia Verkade and Marco te Brömmelstroet in Oxford

What happens if we radically rethink how we use our public spaces? Could we change our lives for the better?

Join journalist Thalia Verkade and urban mobility expert Marco te Brömmelstroet as they confront their own underlying beliefs and challenge us to rethink our way of life to put people at the centre of urban design. But be warned: you will never look at the street outside your front door in the same way again.

This is a free event to attend and will take place in the Benjamin Henry room on the third floor of the shop.

For more information and to register, please visit the event website here.


We take it for granted that the streets outside out homes are designed for movement from A to B, nothing more. But what happens if we radically rethink how we use these public spaces? Could we change our lives for the better?

Our dependence on cars is damaging our health — and the planet’s. The Dutch seem to have the right idea, with thousands of bike highways, but even then, what happens to pedestrians or people who want to cycle at a more leisurely pace? What about children playing outside their homes? Or wildlife, which enriches our local areas? Why do we prioritise traffic above all else?


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