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English
Talk
Everyone
Rethinking how mobility can shape our environment

Short thesis

Current discussions on mobility are limited to dogmatic narratives and conservative perspectives. Although we see emerging modes of transportation, we still believe in the story of the wheel. We think in lanes instead of embracing an open world. Let’s question the values that shaped our environment and explore new ways together.

Description

Current discussions on mobility are limited to dogmatic narratives and conservative perspectives. Although we see emerging modes of transportation, we still believe in the story of the wheel. The will to explore new possibilities is rather preventive. Today, shared, electric and autonomous mobility still looks like an oil-driven world, where we discuss how they can fit into existing regulations and infrastructures. We continue to think in lanes instead of embracing new ways to explore and create our environment!

Lanes and sidewalks are the last thing we would need in a world of autonomous vehicles that can navigate and interact safely with their environment. On the base of this hypothesis, I will present an explorative vision on how new transportation could change the way we create our environment. By imagining a Special Mobility Zone, I will showcase how a spatial regulatory framework can allow the co-development of Mobilie and Immobilie through the inhabitants of the area. Driven by the collaborative nature of the fourth industrialisation and its democratisation of tools, the inhabitants can co-create their environment together with their vehicles. Instead of being restricted by lanes they can live on an ever-changing shared space.

This talk will reflect on past, current and possible future mobilities. All ingredients of the presented vision are already at our hands: invention of a great diversity of vehicles, proven concepts like shared surfaces and safe navigation systems. So, why are we restricting ourselves? What are the real benefits of technology? What were the values behind the developments that led to the world we have now and what should be the values for our future?