CONTEXT – global 

World population is growing exponentially and recent prospects show that it will reach nearly 10 billion by the year 2050 (1). By that time 70% of the total world population will live in cities (2). This will cause the formation of new mega-city structures that will no longer follow the rules and logics of the current urban model. Concepts such as the “Smart City” model aim to tackle this change, integrating technology and innovation in order to propose a future city that can adapt. This adaptation is oriented to mitigating the effects of the prior stated population growth, as well as climate change, social conflicts and inequality while at the same time contribute to technological integration. human mobility and energy sustainability (3). This is only one of the many strategies that researchers, organisations and governments are investigating in order to explore how to increase urban efficiency, and prepare to the upcoming change in paradigm.

When it comes to urban efficiency, the expectations are dramatically changing. The goal is no longer merely to maximise accessibility to energy and information, and their distribution (3) but furthermore to leap into the automation of services (4) and unique interactions between individuals and the built environment (5). As the information age is giving way to the experience age our society is changing and its needs and standards are evolving. Many business models are now looking at how to engage customers in the era of personalisation and hyper-connectivity (6). Urban models are incorporating higher flexibility and open-data access to the public so as to promote collaboration in decision making.


CONTEXT – city development 

As cities are dynamically changing we are experiencing new paradigms of mobility. From the current ownership model passing trough several stages with the introduction of services such as car and bike sharing, autonomous vehicles and the overall transition between private and shared vehicles. In the diagram below some of the stages of transition have been depicted.

The final diagram shows the BIG proposal for the Audi Urban Future Initiative Awards in 2010. In this context a system for urban tracking and sensing can reach its full potential as real-time communication between each member of the mobility is needed. 


Currently the Sensing Features are most advanced within the research.





to be continued ...

IAAC // MAA 02 // Thesis Studio - Artificially and Materially Intelligent Architecture

Researchers:          Nikol Kirova
Thesis Advisor:     Areti Markopoulou
2018 - 2019