TH21 - Shifting Gears: Urban Design for Autonomous Vehicles

Thursday, November 29 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM « Back

Abstract Text:

Autonomous vehicle technology has moved beyond the whimsical illustrations of the 1950s and the early experimental designs of Google. The technology is poised to disrupt the current model of urban mobility and create a window of opportunity to rethink the design and function of the public realm and explore new compact urban building types.

An interdisciplinary panel of speakers will lead a discussion on how urban design can help cities better manage the transition to autonomous vehicles and networked mobility. How soon can we expect to see autonomous vehicles as a significant mode of transportation? Will shared mobility create opportunities for 'Micro Transit-Oriented Development' around pickup and dropoff zones? What are the key decisions that designers and policymakers will face? How will autonomous vehicles impact the urban fabric, and what are the key opportunities for architects and urban designers to intervene?

Learning Objectives:

Explore the potential impacts of autonomous vehicles on the public realm, with a focus on opportunities to increase safety and sustainability

Discuss how architects can proactively engage with city governments and develop a set of principles to inform the development and adoption of driverless cars

Learn about the latest developments in autonomous vehicle technology, discuss the key forces driving innovation, and understand how the technology will likely evolve in the next few years

Explore opportunities to design new types of functional spaces, such as pickup and drop-off spaces, flexible curbside areas, and reclaimed public spaces


AIA Credit Hours:
1.5 LU | HSW

Education Tracks: Urban Solutions

Event Type: Workshops > Session