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Designing the 30-Minute City

May 16 @ 5:00 pm-7:30 pm

- Free
5 pm – 6 pm  Reception
6 pm – 7:30 pm  Lecture
UCLA Public Affairs Building


The 30-minute isochrone has long defined people’s use of cities — from ancient times through the trams era to modern times. Transportation networks and developments co-evolve as technology advances, but this 30-minute constraint remains relatively constant. This talk will discuss the measurement of accessibility, why it matters, and how it might affect traveler behavior, institutional behavior, and public policy. It’ll also delve into accessibility’s implications through the lens of public transportation systems in Sydney from the 1800s and Australia today.


Speaker: David Levinson

David Levinson is a professor in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney and adjunct faculty in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He has also served as managing director of the Accessibility Observatory, director of the Networks, Economics, and Urban Systems (NEXUS) research group and Richard P. Braun/CTS Chair in Transportation (2006-2016). In 2005, Levinson was awarded the new faculty award by the Council of University Transportation Centers/American Road & Transportation Builders Association. He has a PhD in transportation engineering from UC Berkeley.