International design conference with lectures from international visionaries and renowned experts working in the fields of mobility design, infrastructure and architecture.
Patronage: Angela Dorn, Hessen State Minister of Higher Education, Research and the Arts
How design drives the development of sustainable mobility systems.
The future lies in new forms of mobility: Instead of owning a car it will be easy to use a host of different forms of transport. Mobility will become a service and will tend to be perceived not as an object and more as an intangible event. In future, digital and platform-based services will control intelligent mobility systems in which we can be conveyed “smoothly” using various mobility vehicles. These will take into account our individual wishes and needs and will be not only environmentally friendly but also comfortable and economic. It is also essential that we not only feel safe in the various mobility spaces, but also at ease – an immense challenge for the design of transportation products, spaces, processes and systems. Functional, practical, but also emotional and symbolic aspects all play a crucial role in this regard.
Design is a key factor here, as it addresses complex mobility systems holistically and contributes to a greater acceptance of inter- and multi-modal mobility offerings by providing a firm user focus.
International experts from the fields of design, infrastructure and architecture were presenting their ideas on future mobility and discussing them with members of the LOEWE project “Infrastructure – Design – Society” (project-mo.de). The conference was concentrating on three major areas:
6 pm – 11 pm opening night with keynote
keynote speaker: Carlo Ratti / USA + Italy (MIT Senseable Lab)
9 am – 8 pm second conference day with 3 panels and 1 short talk session:
PANEL 1: MOBILITY SYSTEMS – designing intermodal moving vehicles
dealt with different objects which are moving in a mobility system and their potential to create a positive experience. This applied equally to public transport such as bus, train or metro just as it does to cars, bicycles or shared/ride-shared vehicles.
PANEL 2: MOBILITY HUBS – designing the infrastructure
focused on overarching infrastructures which connect mobility hubs and enable people to access different vehicles as well as the entire mobility system including for example, architecture, urban design, planning or wayfinding systems.
PANEL 3: MOBILITY AS A SERVICE (MaaS) – designing digital access
explored the user’s digital interaction with a mobility system. Mobility should be seen as a service where connectivity, user experience and interfaces create seamless usability for the user.
SHORT TALKS: MOBILITY RESEARCH – designing questions
gave insights into the project-mo.de doctoral program with interdisciplinary research and methodological aspects concerning flow, links and hubs in the Rhine/Main region.