Public spaces are appropriated for car parks, bus stops, and intersections – which are not particularly appealing places to spend time in. These "non-places", as French anthropologist Marc Augé called them, not only influence the appearance of our cities, but also affect the way we live and move around in them.
What would life be like in a city where mobility has fundamentally changed?
What if these "non-places" could be redesigned and transformed into lively areas where people enjoy spending their time?
The "Urban Mobility of the Future" exhibition shows perspectives on how such an effort could succeed in the future. The "City of the Future" model portrays a vision of everyday urban living. Various scenes depict how life and mobility in metropolitan areas change when autonomous vehicles become reality. SEDRIC Nightlife is a source of ideas and a prototype for a future approach to individual mobility that focuses on the user and his mobility needs.
The exhibition talks about major changes in mobility by posing a series of questions as; will car designers have more freedom in the future? Will robots win Nobel Prizes? Will vehicles act more responsibly than people in future? And, will there be more robots in cities than the people who live there?