This page is created to allow a better understanding of the problems, challenges and goals of (urban) mobility. It contains links to articles, principles and insights created by MMKM, Granstudio or other authorities. There is no specific order to go through this page; each link forms another piece of the puzzle.
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A short essay for Damn Magazine as part of the Manifesto Series.
“What sense does mobility make, if it’s not for meeting other people and allowing them to share happiness?”
To [re]frame the object
A short essay about why cooperation is the only way to make something out of future urban mobility.
"The key lies not in the bare object, nor in its bare environment; but in the impact of both on human interrelations and experiences."
Death and life of great American cities
A standard work that is still highly influential on many levels.
"How can you know what to try with traffic until you know how the city itself works, and what else it needs to do with it streets? You can't."
A Flemish documentary about the loss of our streets' functionality with great historical footage of early 70's Antwerp.
"The common space of a city, the street, has degenerated into mere traffic space. For this new feature, the street is naturally so unfit that it can only be used with complicated regulations. There is no longer place for a spontaneous encounter, talking, playing, strolling... Every human contact is reduced to an abstract sign; usually a prohibition sign."
A concept that gives an alternative for the often failing urban pedestrian areas. Many cities want to have the biggest, but bigger is not always better, since pedestrians are quite limited by the distance they are willing to walk.
"A place without a car is not essentially a better place; it only carries the potential of being one."
Three simple thoughts on future mobility
MMKM's vision for urban mobility is based on the interplay of the city, its inhibitors and their mobility. Three simple schemes served as a base from which our ideas about a near mobile future started to develop.
"A vehicle originates where contextual needs coincide with human desires."
(Lowie Vermeersch, Wouter Haspeslagh)
Due to the disruptive character of tomorrow’s mobility changes, we can no longer understand what future customers desire by simply extrapolating what they want today. Or in other words, we can no longer use today’s frame of reference to evaluate what will be valuable in the future. Using the Reframing Method, we developed a new frame of reference that provides insights into the user experiences that will be valuable in a near future.
(Reframing Studio - sister studio of Granstudio)
The future of automobility
How will tomorrow be different from today? We’ll live longer and move faster; but our basic needs to sleep, eat, work, and get from place to place will stay the same. Design company IDEO created a vision on the concept of automobility, tackling it in different layers. It does not give a complete picture, but some parts and bits of the theory are worth reading.
In 2011, Lowie Vermeersch spoke at a TEDx event in Delft about "beautiful mobility". The last part of his discourse addresses mobility rather than vehicles. "It's not about different types of cars, it's about designing mobility and all its different aspects."