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Michael Seth Wexler / Copenhagenize Design Company

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
October 3, 2018 - 5:30pm

Michael Seth Wexler will present a lecture titled "Bicycle Urbanism by Design" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3. Wexler is an urban designer and Partner at Copenhagenize Design Company, a leading Bicycle Urbanism design firm and consultancy specializing in bicycle culture, infrastructure, planning, policy and communications. Wexler runs the firm’s Montreal office, weaving together strategic planning, best practice infrastructure design and visual content with compelling storytelling. He has a diverse background in urban planning, project management, design and visual media, and holds a Master of Urban Planning degree from McGill University.

Based in Copenhagen and with offices in Brussels, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Montreal, Copenhagenize Design Company works with cities and governments around the world, designing their bicycle infrastructure and communications and coaching them towards becoming more bicycle friendly. Copenhagenize Design Company won the Brazilian Youth Award 2012 for its Escolas de Bicicletas program. The firm publishes the bi-annual Copenhagenize Index: “the world’s most comprehensive inventory and ranking of bicycle-friendly cities.”

The firm was founded in in 2009 by Danish-Canadian urban design expert Mikael Colville-Andersen. Colville-Andersen is the author of Copenhagenize: The Definitive Guide to Global Bicycle Urbanism, and host of The Life-Sized City television series.

About the lecture

"Bicycle Urbanism by Design"

In an age where the car reigns supreme in our urban centres, building for the bicycle is a powerful tool to modernize our cities and make them more liveable. Understanding how to design our streets for people and not for cars while following the success of a city like Copenhagen teaches us how to harness the transformative power of the bicycle, and go back to the future – when our cities were all bicycle-friendly. These lessons are causing a paradigm shift today in the minds of cities, governments, and civil society – moving gradually towards creating more democratic streets.