Symposium: Robocar and urban space evolution

13 September 2018 09:00 till 18:00 - Location: Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Berlage room 1 - By: Communication BK | Add to my calendar

On 13 September, the symposium ‘Robocar and urban space evolution’ will host a public debate on city changes in the age of autonomous cars. International and Dutch experts will discuss the potential spatial changes autonomous cars may bring and what they mean for the current urban issues.

To date, the topic of autonomous cars - robocars - has been mainly approached by car industries, technology companies and transport planning groups. This conference brings a complementary approach by adding an urban design and spatial planning perspective, exploring robocars as a social and spatial project. In this way, Robocar and Urban Space Symposium outlines the possible relation between autonomous cars and cities, namely the potential opportunities they can create, such as the space made available if robocars could park themselves. This event aims to open a debate on a series of questions: What are the biggest and most likely spatial changes robocars can create and how do they contribute directly and indirectly to a better urban environment and everyday life?  to which extent the spatial opportunities created by robocars can respond to current urban issues (such as growth, climate change and environmental quality, equity, energy transition and automation) through design? How should urban space be planned and redesigned, so that the spatial opportunities created by autonomous mobility can contribute to the key urban issues? 

Three sub-sessions will provide a forum for multidisciplinary debate involving relevant research and urban projects that outline and explore the possibilities opened by autonomous cars in relation to current urban sustainability goals:

Session 1: Mobility transition and its spatial implications

This session provides an overview about autonomous cars and urban implications from a spatial and transport planning perspective, by looking at different scale levels, backcasting and forecasting to observe automated mobility futures. David Hamers (PBL and DAE) and Dominic Stead (TU Delft) will draw possible paths on how to look at the topic, chaired by Victor Muñoz Sanz

Session 2: Revaluing public space

Outside the theme of autonomous cars, desirable futures are already on the agenda of many cities, which are trying to cope with the current urban issues and there are sustainable approaches and emerging urbanism projects trying to build desirables future. Salvador Rueda (director of BCN Ecologia and IaaC), Frans van de Ven (TU Delft, Deltares) and Florian Boer (De Urbanisten) will talk about their visionary projects, aimed to enhance livability, environmental quality and climate responsive design in public space, chaired by Rients Dijkstra

Session 3: Public space evolution in an automated mobility future

Robocars can dramatically redesign urban environment. They promise to behave different from the car as we know it and could facilitate accessibility and urban development anew. For instance, at the neighborhood and street level the use and perception of streetscapes can utterly change if parking space is freed up and streets are slowed down. Urban design groups from TU Viena (Avenue 21), University of Oregon (Urbanism Next) and TU Delft (Urban Design Chair) present methods and ideas to grasp urban futures in the context of automated mobility, chaired by Dominic Stead


09:00 Check-in with coffee and tea
Rients Dijkstra: Introduction to Robocar and Urban Space Evolution
10:00Session 1: Mobility Transition and its spatial implications – chaired by Dr. Victor Munoz Sanz
Dominic Stead: ‘The Transition towards Autonomous Mobility’
David Hamers: ‘Exploring futures of urban regions and their transport systems by multi-dimensional scenario building’
Rients Dijkstra and Anca Ioana Ionescu: ‘Robocar and The Re-Designed Street Space’
Panel Discussion 1
12:00 Lunch
13:00Session 2: Revaluing Public Space– chaired by Prof. Rients Dijkstra           
Salvador Rueda: ‘Shared Streets and Livability, The case of Barcelona Superblocks’
Frans van de Ven: ‘Calculation and Collaboration for Climate Resilient Urban Space (presentation of the Adaptation Support Tool)’
Florian Boer: ‘The Value of Green-Blue Space in the City: Livability, Climate Change, Revenues’         
Panel Discussion 2
15:00 Break
15:15Session 3: Urban design in the context of Automated Mobility– chaired by Dr. Dominic Stead            
Nico Larco: ‘The Urbanism Next Research Initiative: Understanding the Impacts of Emerging Technology on Cities’
Mathias Mitteregger and Emilia Bruck: ‘The Driverless City and Its Discontents, Exploring alternative urban futures through normative-narrative scenarios’
Arthur Scheltes: ‘Driverless vehicles, a major game changer in urban mobility. Where are we now, and where to go?’
Panel Discussion 3
17:15 Conclusions



The event is open to everyone. Please register here

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