How can architects identify which disruptive technologies will advance our cities’ evolution and which will fall by the wayside?
The following commentary is part of a wider discussion regarding the role of future technologies in the AEC industry. Please click here to view the associated editorial and here for a short video.
Driverless cars, stacked and automated parking will all dramatically increase the efficiency of movement systems, reducing the distance between moving cars, the size of parking spaces and the footprint of parking structures.
However, we shouldn’t see these technologies as a means of creating space for more cars in our cities, or legitimising traditional car-dependent suburban models. Cities devote up to 50% of their surface area to cars - highways, streets, service laneways, parking spaces.
Imagine if we could repurpose just a fraction of this space for other uses! More pedestrian and cycle space, new public transport routes, green space, areas for housing and jobs - these are the things that will make our cities more sustainable, prosperous, and liveable places.
I’m excited by technologies that facilitate more efficient sharing of the resources we already have. For instance, car share schemes. It’s estimated that one shared vehicle removes up to nine privately-owned vehicles from the streets. The technologies that made this happen are phone apps and GPS tracking, not smarter cars.
Senior Associate at HASSELL