Berlin Lab

Rachel Smith: Moving Forward

Starting today, Rachel Smith takes the reins from José Gómez-Márquez  and begins her time leading the programming at the Lab. This means that we’re shifting from talking about how we make, to talking about how we move.

But Rachel doesn’t want to talk about “transportation.” She wants to talk about people. When I sat down with her late last week, this was one of the main points she really wanted to get across: Transportation is not about the vehicles we move in or the infrastructure they move on. It’s about the people that those vehicles and infrastructure are moving and the way they influence those peoples’ lives.

When it comes down to it, our lives in cities consist of a giant collection of things we do in various different places. Our ability to get to those various places and how we do so affects every aspect of our lives and the lives of those around us.

You can hear some of my conversation with Rachel in the video above. As you follow along with her programming, either at the Lab in Berlin, abroad, or here on the Lab | Log, I urge you to keep that idea in mind—I’ll be keeping it in mind, myself. How we move is how we live. You can’t talk about one without talking about the other.