Future Mobility and Urban Design – Case Study Urban Lab Somerville
Seminar Faculty: Lisa Fu?tingChristian GärtnerDr. Kathrin DiPaolaJulius Streifeneder
With the participation of Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone

In this hands-on course, we will examine the close relationship and fields of opportunity between mobility and urban design. For the past six years, the Audi Urban Future Initiative has worked to establish a tangible dialogue about urban mobility and sustainable ways to move through the changing urban environment.


Particularly the rapid developments in our digital and technological capabilities require a rethinking of individual mobility on the one hand and urban planning methods on the other. Creating new interfaces between the city context and innovative technologies is one of the challenges for the immediate future. This course is designed to give participants the theoretical (methodology) and practical tools (available technologies) to create new ideas, scenarios, and business cases for context sensitive urban mobility in a real-life project:

“Our vision: a system where individual mobility becomes the source of social benefits – rather than costs. A strategic goal is reducing the urban footprint of cars – both moving and parked. In this system, the car will give more space to cities, give more time to people. In short: improve the quality of urban life.”
Key Note Prof. Rupert Stadler, Smart City Expo World Congress, Barcelona, 2015

Students will work in small teams and submit their final proposal to a jury for evaluation. The best team will receive a small award, followed by a public lecture.