Technological development is incredibly fast and affects the urban environment in different ways. In the future we will be very concerned about how to move people and goods between different locations as smoothly as possible. Self-driving cars, smart parking solutions, and lifts that take us up 36-storey high-rise buildings – on the outside – can become a common sight within just a few years.
What requirements and needs will individuals and companies have for urban planning in the future? And what’s the best way to plan for increased mobility? The rapid development of technology places high demands on different systems that interact with each other. But when the technology is in place, how will it affect people’s behaviour?
One thing is certain, anyone who works in urban planning today must be prepared to think along completely new lines. In this conference, we want to bring up some new thoughts and ideas about how we will build the mobile cities of the future!
The architecture track “Mobility in the City” is primarily aimed at architects, builders, property owners, investors and community planners at municipal building authorities.
Chief City Architect, The City of Aarhus, Denmark
Prior to being appointed the Chief City Architect of Aarhus in 2012, Stephen Willacy combined his practice as partner at Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects with teaching and research at Aarhus School of Architecture and various universities in Denmark, USA and the UK. Currently he is a honorary professor in Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Dundee in Scotland. As chief city architect Stephen works towards ensuring that the city develops in a way where architectural considerations are held in the highest regard and contributes towards continued innovation in relation to city planning, urban design and architectural quality.
Sir Peter Cook RA (born 22 October 1936) is an English architect, lecturer and writer on architectural subjects, and has been a pivotal figure within the global architectural world for over half a century. He was a founder of Archigram, the former Director the Institute for Contemporary Art, London (the ICA) and Bartlett School of Architecture at University College, London. He was knighted in 2007 by the Queen for his services to architecture and teaching and he is a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art, London. He continues to curate, organize and exhibit around the world.
Architect, Surimpression-Space, Shanghai
Kan Wang is a Shanghai-based architect with a focus on exploring space design methods through translation of paintings with drawings and models, and on the changes in urban and architectural space driven by the development of intelligent technology. He believes that self-driving cars will inevitably impact and transform our city in physical space. It is a crucial opportunity and challenge for architects to play an integrative role in this situation and create something new and demanding.
Architect, Studio Granda
Margrét Harðardóttir was born, lives and works in Reykjavík, Iceland, where she founded Studio Granda with Steve Christer in 1987. Studio Granda’s work is characterized by a respect for the traditional materials of Iceland, such as stone, sheet metal and timber and a sensitive awareness of local context.
City Architect, City of Gothenburg
Björn Siesjö is a Swedish architect who has created everything from industrial buildings, schools and office buildings to residential housing projects and villas. He was appointed City Architect of Gothenburg in 2012 and has been highly influential when it comes to city planning and Gothenburg’s architectural expression.
Architect, Foster & Partners
Angus Campbell has overseen some of Foster & Partners’ most complex and prestigious projects including Commerzbank, HSBC, Wembley Stadium, Lusail Stadium, Kings Cross Station, and Haramain High Speed Rail. During this time he has delivered transport infrastructure, masterplans and sports complexes. Currently he is working on the Jeddah Metro Transportation Plan, which includes the design of all modes of transport and the stations, with a phased strategy of how the implementation will inform the growth of the city over the next 200 years.
Strategic Foresight and Future Mobility Research, Volvo Cars
Alexandre was born and raised in one the French New Cities, urban utopias that sprung in the 70s around Paris. He is an expert of Sociocultural Foresight, aiming not at predicting, but at understanding the plausible futures to guide today’s actions, through the prism of societies and imaginaries’ evolutions. He has explored urban mobility futures having worked in Paris and Shanghai for the automotive industries, but also with territories. He is now based in Gothenburg, where he is in charge of Future Mobility Research at Volvo Cars Strategy.