Curated by Stylepark
Despite my previous grumblings I still think this year ‘s IAA was more exiting than ever.
Car makers have realised that the “ love affair between car and architecture as depicted by Le Corbusier “ (Christian Gärtner, Stylepark), the romance between man and machine has stalled.
The romantic context within which the car has been perceived in the twentieth Century is not only quickly fading, it is also increasingly replaced by scenarios of existential threat to humanity.
Pollution and limited resources make everybody reconsider the necessity of the automobile as such.
If the question today is: “Do we really need a car “ than finding an answer to that question tomorrow is at this moment of history crucial to the entire Car Industry.
If it ‘s not that lovin ‘ feeling making us buy and drive an Audi, a BMW, a Mercedes what will it be?
As the need for mobility will stay, will the way we move around, be determined solely by reason and necessity?
What drives us in the future?
What drives the future?
These are just some of the questions discussed at the Audi Urban Future summit, on day Zero of the IAA.
Yet instead of gazing into a crystal ball they employed the leading scientists and thinkers of this day, to discuss urban life in the great cities of the near future, sharing the outcome generously with a wide public.
Saskia Sassen, Sociologist of Columbia University. She was showing us how technology and big Cities interrelate, how the logic of the designers (and his technology) gets unsettled by the user, how the city talks back, strikes back, hacks technology. To put it simply: a car stuck in a traffic jam, has been hacked by the city.
She also pointed out that cities are knowledge banks, sharing their knowledge generously.
|Christian Gärtner of Stylepark|
Richard Sennet, (New York University and London school of economics) argued for closed versus open structures, using Sao Paolo as an example for segregation and closed systems. He proposed a membrane system as in a cell, where the membrane prevents leaking of it ‘s own substance yet allows other substances to enter. According to him a pedestrian zone is a moral good, but it becomes mono functional, a closed space preventing any real life. “Sociability: open sociable systems: stimulating exchange inviting us to experience complexity.
Charles Leadbeater, expert for creativity and innovation, consulting cities, companies and governments in the whole world, has a very simple theory: system versus empathy.
We cannot function without systems, systems are designed to help man yet become predatory helping themselves.
What we as humans value most are relations: love, trust and friendship you cannot get from systems. We therefore have to combine systems with empathy, systems which support empathy, creating “systempathy “.
As the last speaker of the morning (there were many other very inspiring ones and I apologise to those who I left out) came onto stage:
Ludger Hovestadt (Architekt, computer scientist, teacher at the ETH Zurich).
His first message was:“RELAX“, everybody in the audience stirred seriously puzzled as he continued to explain that we don‘t have a problem limited resources on the planet, we factually have an abundance of energy.
What we don‘t have is indexed intelligence, calculating those resources.
If you find this intriguing, go and buy his book (I will anyway)
During the afternoon there where three different workshops to chose from.
I chose Energies of data, moderated by Chris Anderson of “Wired“ US, contributors where:
Jürgen Mayer H ( most amazing architect, winner of the Audi urban award),
Dr. Steffen P. Walz, director of the future Games & Experimental Entertainment Laboratory (GEElabVice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow and director of the future Games & Experimental Entertainment Laboratory (GEElab)
Carlo Ratti, engineer, architect und lecturer MIT Leitung SENSEable City Lab
Dipl.-Ing. Ricky Hudy, Chief Executive, Electric, Electronic Development
Stefan Sielaff, Audi design chief.
Chris started by stating the simple sentence “I drove my car to work would be a thing of the past by the time his children are grown up.
Individual ownership and mobility plus leaving your home to be productive will be notions of the past.
The others all agreed to a certain extent, drawing up different scenarios of transportation or automotive behaviour, where cars are taking over the active piloting and best planning of a route, whilst the driver can still take over the Volant whenever he lusting after a juicy bit ridin‘ the road.
Disappointing, however what the design department made of this brilliant thinking: a design study which had nothing to do with the future. It looked like the graduation work seen at ‘Art Center College of Design’ twenty years ago.
After a day of listening to the most inspiring people in the world, my head was filled with sparkling popsicles.
Incredible Ideas and wondrous solutions.
It was a beautiful sunny day.
Instead of going back to my dark hotel room to wait for the evening and it‘s party to arrive, I got into my car and drove home.
What a nice feeling to be sitting alone in my car, on an empty Autobahn (no lie!) with all these sparks circling in my head.
For me still the perfect way of transportation.
The whole event was curated by Stylepark, avid thinkers themselves…