DRIVE 2021 - Mobility

Just like last year, the Design Research & Innovation Festival took place in De Effenaar, during the Dutch Design Week. And just like last year, we - together with Design United turned it into a hybrid and interactive event that you could join from home. Five different themes in five days. Mobility was on Monday 18 October, from 10.30 - 11.30. About designing for / with conflicting use of space in the living environment and freedom of movement for all parts of society.

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Rewatch: session Mobility

00:18 Intro host Marieke Eyskoot
02:40 Bob Corporaal (CleverFranke)
18:19 Rob Adams (Embassy of Mobility)
31:49 Arie Paul van den Beukel (Twente University)
44:52 Dorota Gazy (STBY)

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The speakers for this theme:


Bob Corporaal: ‘Chicago's Mobility’
For the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) we created a microsite about the infrastructure and mobility challenges of the district and their influence on the everyday lives of inhabitants. Through a range of data visualizations, we cover the current state of Chicago's infrastructure.

To cope with the surge in population, investments must be made to its’ infrastructure. By providing engaging content, CMAP wants to educate policy makers, media, business leaders and the general public about the ‘what and why’ behind the plan’s coordinated strategies to help the region’s 284 communities tackle issues of mobility, housing, economic development, open space and the environment.

Rob Adams (Embassy of Mobility)
In 2020, we were confronted with a new reality in which distance between people became key. It has shown us that freezing mobility has a major positive impact on the environment and the liveability of cities and offer us the chance to go back to the drawing board and think about viable forms of mobility. We can now correct the design error of the last century, in which the car was central to urban planning, and make mobility an essential factor for liveability.
What if the quality of life plays a key role in designing mobility? What if mobility improves people’s well-being and stimulates connection? What if mobility aims to prevent traffic movements? What if mobility positively contributes to the environment? Together with partners, we will explore the possibilities of the future. We will all embrace the Embassy with a long-term perspective and the urge to experiment that is necessary.

Four experiments in the upcoming years are:

  • More green: have cars parked outside the residential area, so that more greenery and safety is created in the street
  • Reverse traffic pyramid: always give way to the traffic lights for cyclists and pedestrians over cars. Also shorten the waiting time at traffic lights for cyclists and pedestrians and extend the waiting time for cars - to make driving less attractive
  • Work from home: offering workplaces on the outskirts of the city and being able to find a nice workplace within cycling distance. Employees no longer have to travel far every day and they also do not have the inconvenience of working from home
  • The 15-minute city: research which facilities you need within 15 minutes by bike from your place of residence, so that people are no longer forced to take the car.

Arie Paul van den Beukel: ‘Stad-up’
Stad-up is a sustainable shared transport platform, which means that instead of owning our own car, we have various forms of mobility at our disposal within a larger user group. We are shifting from ownership to use.

The concept contains a step-by-step plan for making the transition to a climate-neutral mobility policy. The focus is on the one hand on the material change, for example sustainable shared cars, charging infrastructure, etc. and on the other hand the focus is on how the user fulfils his or her mobility needs in the new situation.

In our research, we focus on three areas:

  • Organisation: How do we ensure that all facilities are arranged for optimal use?
  • Communication: How do we inform all employees (internal) and stakeholders (external)?
  • Behaviour: How do we ensure that everyone embraces the concept and acts according to his or her mobility needs?

The project is in the pilot-phase: At the moment, the employees of the municipality of Enschede are using the shared electric cars and bikes in order to give feedback. Ones the bugs are out, the cars and bikes will be made available to the citizens op Enschede.

Dorota Gazy: STBY ‘Co-creating neighbourhood participation’

Redesigning public space and improving the livability of the neighborhood

How to step up from the occasional neighborhood consultation to more ongoing neighborhood participation as part of a public space design project? This was the challenge that the local council of Amsterdam South set themselves, and they commissioned STBY to help them with this.

The local council is planning for a range of short- and long-term redesigns in the public space of the Gerard Dou neighborhood. Before they would start redesigning, they wanted to discuss visions for the future of the neighborhood and co-creative shared principles together with the neighborhood community. This new public space plan will then be the starting point for the upcoming redesign process that aims to improve the livability of the neighborhood. The council wanted to find out what the most pressing issues are according to its users (residents and local business owners), and what their suggestions are for improvement.

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