September 25, 2010
California College of the Arts (CCA) | Timken Hall
San Francisco, California
Many metropolitan areas continue to experience rapid growth, with some like Los Angeles receiving up to 500 new residents each day. One of the current challenges for expanding cities is the design of a flexible transportation infrastructure that can respond to an ever increasing demand on resources and systems; one that is contained within the vision of a socially equitable and sustainable society. This mode of infrastructural response necessitates a rethinking of traditional personal mobility strategies.
The colloquium served as a vehicle to examine innovative transportation solutions in a systemic manner so as to address the reality of a typical North American polycentric metropolitan area. Instead of examining solutions that apply to idealized (but non-existent) urban centers, this colloquium embraces the contemporary condition — the messy, chaotic, politically and socially balkanized, poly-centric metropolis. By exploring current technologies, as well as those which have reached a high degree of feasibility, this interdisciplinary colloquium will explore the potential of an ubiquitous self-regulating system that can cope with and adapt to the unpredictability of a mobile society.
New Strategies for Mobility – Rethinking Urban Transportation
Session 1 – the system – looks at coupling smart P2P (person to person) communication technologies with the anticipated progression of smart, clean automated vehicles to augment existing transportation networks providing a sustainable and socially networked solution to mobility for urban contexts.
This session will present an overview of the latest research in transportation engineering technologies. It will focus on the “hardware” components of the concept, principally the reinvented ecologically sustainable automobile, running on an automated adaptation of existing freeway infrastructure, as well as an autonomous vehicle guidance system allowing safer navigation of the existing street systems.
Introduction by Ila Berman and Gerry Tierney
Keynote by Chris Borroni-Bird
Ila Berman / CCA
Jim Misener /UCB PATH
Sven Beiker / Stanford CARS
Chris Borroni-Bird / Director GM
Ken Goldberg / UCB CITRIS
The REDCAR Colloquium team:
Gerry Tierney (510 Collective)
Dinesh Perera (Format Design Studio)
Ben Feldmann (510 Collective)
Therese Tierney (TT Studio)
Katie Handy (Format Design Studio)
Tyrone Marshall (510 Collective)
Ned Reifenstein (510 Collective)
Generously made possible by:
The Architects Newspaper
California College of the Arts
The colloquium is also a public program of American Institute of Architects San Francisco Chapter ‘Architecture and the City Festival’ for 2010. www.aiasf.org