Current social, economic, and technological trends, the recent pandemic shock and obvious urgency of Climate Care are radically changing how we understand and organize the mobility of people and goods. By 2030, innovation in many sectors – from energy systems and material science to artificial intelligence and urban planning – could radically transform global transportation systems and the cities we live in today.
Often, we expect the hot transport innovations to come from Silicon Valley and the tech hubs in the Global North. But innovation is mostly born out of need: many creative mobility solutions hatch in the developing and emerging nations of the Global South and in small communities, who tackle specific, local problems.
What if we needed only 3% of the current car fleet to comfortably and conveniently transport all of Lisbon’s citizens to their desired destinations? How could that work – and what is the impact on the car industry? How would we redesign the public space, if we didn’t need on-street parking any more – and cites thus lacked parking fees? What if drone delivery was a daily routine in Zurich and Malawi alike? – which it already is today. What if revisiting logistics practices from the past, such as the prairie pony express, could reconcile resource optimization, fast delivery and trucker well-being not only in India, but also across Europe and the US? And what if the most resource efficient transport systems were also the most vulnerable to a takeover by authoritarian regimes? (related literature see below)
This seminar seeks to open new perspectives for discussing, developing and implementing transport innovations across the globe. We will examine how policy makers, the transport industry and citizens can come to terms with a future that is increasingly autonomous, connected, electrified – and shared.
The tools and methods of innovation theory, urban science and policy making will be presented in the context of a global, multi-modal transport system.
Part lectures, part a three-day design-a-thon, we will pair drone manufacturers, development bankers and walkability lobbyists with students to search for ideas in unexpected places, and then examine those ideas to understand if they could improve – or destroy – mobility everywhere, for everyone.
Ideally, we will create policy briefs, design prototypes, a mobility manifest…
Katja Schechtner, Senseable City Lab, MIT, Boston & OECD, International Transport Forum, Paris
Prof. Wolfgang Gruel, Professor fuer Intelligente Mobilitaetskonzepte Hochschule, Esslingen und Leiter Fraunhofer KEIM
Representatives from Matternet, OEBB/RATP/SBB and social innovation/walkability office (tbc)
Coordination: Lydia Tchambaz
Administration: Michelle Hug
Interested students from all fields of study
A reader will be available electronically 3 weeks before the seminar
Diese Sommerakademie wird mit der Unterstützung der Werner Siemens-Stiftung angeboten.