Reclaiming streets in an age of connected and autonomous vehicles
Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) are on everyone’s mind (see our latest blog). While it is unclear how fast they are becoming business as usual, it is almost impossible to ignore that they will be a key mode of transport in the medium to long term.
To explore the opportunities CAVs bring, BuroHappold is launching a series of Global Design Sprints to address the question: How can urban streets be reclaimed and reimagined through the introduction of connected and autonomous vehicles?
Global Design Sprints bring a diverse group of people with various skills and expertise together to solve a problem by thinking collaboratively, innovatively, and creatively. Design Sprints are often used for product design (see, for example, Google Developers Design Sprint) and are structured brainstorming sessions that allow for the development of versatile and creative ideas within a relatively short amount of time.
Prior to the events we carried out research on the topic and developed a brief for the Global Design Sprint. The brief contains our research to date as well as a guide on organizing and hosting Global Design Sprints on the topic of CAVs.
If you would like to join a BuroHappold Global Design Sprint in one of the cities listed above, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are based in a city that is not currently on the list for a BuroHappold Global Design Sprint, please get in touch – we would love to organize one with you in your city. If you get in touch with us we will be happy to send through the additional tools required to run your own Global Design Sprint. We would love to see and hear your results – send us a presentation, video, or whatever other material you develop!
The following Global Design Sprints have taken place or are coming up. BuroHappold will publish the results of the Global Design Sprints in early 2017 – so stay tuned for ideas on how urban streets may be reclaimed and reimagined in our cities!
Bath: We kicked off our series of Global Design Sprints on autonomous vehicles on the 6th October 2016 at our global HQ in Bath.
Pittsburgh: As Pittsburgh is one of the few cities where Uber tests its autonomous vehicles, we hosted a Global Design Sprint on the 21st November 2016 to explore the opportunities and challenges for reclaiming and reimagining Pittsburgh in an era autonomous and connected vehicles. Six interdisciplinary groups – from representative from Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute to the Head of City Planning – came up with a series of proposals for three specific sites.
Riyadh: In a country where women are not allowed to drive, the question of autonomous and connected vehicles has additional implications. On the 10th December 2016 we collaborated with the Architectural and Engineering faculties at the Alfaisal University, the Prince Sultan University, the King Fahad University, and high school students from the British International School to host a Global Design Sprint where student groups competed to design the most original solutions for reclaiming the streets of Riyadh in an era of autonomous and connected vehicles.
Dubai: On the 13th December 2016, we invited a wide range of professionals from the engineering, planning, design, and technology disciplines to our Global Design Sprint in Dubai.
London: This event took place at our London office on the 19th January 2017.
Download the Global Design Sprint brief.