Slowing down objectively, i.e. measurably reducing speeds – all speeds – presupposes that we have assimilated the consequences of slowing down to a societal advantage. Slowing down the city implies finding a benefit in the length of journeys, in the slowness of urban development, in the use of space not dedicated to profitability but to other values that the hectic, efficient, high-performance city fails to develop.

Gilles Clément, Colloque Ralentir la ville, 30 janvier 2010