Presentation of our Workshop

VDW Speakers’ Night


Saturday, 5 October 2013 had finally come: the participants of our Vienna Design Week workshop “Future Urban Mobility LAB” presented their concepts on the city of the future and mobility offers in 2040 to the public. Aside from renowned industry experts, the students of various specialties presented themselves at the closing event of the Vienna Design Week.

Hosted by Daniel Huber and Stefan Arbeithuber, the workshop under the motto “Rethinking Mobility and Innovative Urban Development” developed pioneering ideas:

One of them was the projection of a paradigm shift and change of mass awareness towards “working with nature instead of against it”. In consequence, this would lead to the development of decentralized units – so-called EcoTown Cluster. Ben Lode, Dimitar Genov, Lena Kriwanek and Linda Eder designed corresponding urban organisms that are organized by an overarching mobility agency. Within these organisms, the inhabitants are able to flexibly manage their mobility demands and move with the greatest of ease.

Lukas Pressler, Ricardo Roque, Fritjof Giese, Melanie Müller and Julian Wenzel developed concepts for the uncomplicated and comfortable transport of goods that is independent of weather conditions in the city of 2040. They create smooth transitions by establishing cable cars as another level of transport and by including special subway compartments, electric vehicles, and shared transportation by individuals in their ideas.

The mobility vision 2040 of Michael Pillei, Daniel Walch, Janina Gospodarek and Peter Perstel will satisfy individual needs even the infrastructure is shared. Their city is a loop that combines urban advantages and rural quality of living. Public transportation offers individualized areas and compartments.

The approaches to solve the three different tasks were received with great interest by the audience and the experts attending the closing event. Just as the workshop participants came from a diverse range of backgrounds and specialties, so did the other speakers of the evening: Holger Hampf of frog design, Johannes Geisler of Magna Steyr, Michael Kieslinger of Fluidtime, architect Michael Obrist of feld72, Wolfgang Gerlich and Heinz Wolf of departure, Martin Eder of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Life, and Andreas Lohner provided insight into their ideas and visions on future mobility – ranging from design studies and concepts of urban space to Apps helping in daily traffic.

The subsequent panel discussion between Georg Wagner and the other experts was dedicated to the role of design in urban mobility. Presented by “Die Presse” editor Norbert Philipp, the possible influence of designers on future developments was discussed. How can we change the behavior of the population and how do we react to natural dynamics? All participants of the panel discussion agreed that the creation of interfaces between individual means of transportation and, therefore, closing existing gaps, would be of vital importance.

Afterwards, the documentary film “Urbanized” brought this theme night to a perfect conclusion.

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