Design Sciences

Prof. Luca Bertolini

Honorary degree in Design Sciences 2023

In recognition of his expertise in urban planning. He posits that urban development is concentrated around public transport hubs and provides policy recommendations. - University of Amsterdam  

  • Nominator: Prof. Thomas Vanoutrive
  • Masterclass and presentation honorary degree: Wednesday 29 March 2023 at 10 a.m.


10 a.m.: Masterclass

  • Welcome by Prof. Inge Bertels, Dean of the Faculty of Design Sciences, University of Antwerp
  • Introduction by Prof. Thomas Vanoutrive, nominator
  • Masterclass ‘Planning cities beyond mobility?‘ by Prof. Ir. Luca Bertolini
  • Q&A – Moderator: Prof. Greet De Block

11.15 a.m.: Conferral of the honorary degree to Prof. Ir. Luca Bertolini 

11.30 a.m.: End 

 A reception is offered after the event. 

Practical information:

  • You can attend the masterclass and conferral of honorary degree to Prof. Ir. Luca Bertolini follow in-person or online.
  • Event location: University of Antwerp – Stadscampus Paardenmarkt 2000 Antwerp
  • A few days before the event, you will receive all the information needed to follow this event in-person or online.
  • Do you want to ask Prof. Ir. Luca Bertolini a question? During the masterclass, you can ask questions in-person or you can send a question using the livestream’s chat box.
  • The event will be held in English.

​Info on registering will follow.

Read the abstract

Planning cities beyond mobility?

The negative environmental, social, and economic side-effects of the dominant, individual motorized transport–centred urban planning paradigm have been repeatedly denounced. This criticism has inspired an alternative, ‘sustainable mobility’ paradigm, which has been attempting to shift cities to a different pathway for the past thirty years. While the outcome of this struggle is still undecided, an even more fundamental shift seems to be taking place on the ground. An urban planning paradigm altogether ‘beyond mobility’ might be emerging. This paradigm is not focused on facilitating or even limiting mobility, but rather is moving the focus away from mobility altogether and towards a broad set of diverse urban qualities. This master class will explore this apparent development, its potentials, and its challenges. It will first review the reasons for shifting away from mobility centred urban planning. Second, it will highlight what might be the components of an urban planning beyond mobility. Third, it will contend that an experimental, narrative-driven approach is essential to build on potentials and cope with challenges.