“automated vehicles as the structural base of an endlessly evolving city, blurring the lines between architecture and mobility”
The sharing economy is undermining the idea of vehicles as ‘status symbols’ and revalues them as a common good. Driverless technology reinforces this development and transforms them in a metaphorical extension of our daily living environment. These technologies and developments force us to de-objectify vehicles and see them as part of a bigger system: the city.
But still, vehicles have a permanent spot next to the buildings we inhabit and use. Most of the time, they occupy public space in streets and parking lots, without being of any use. But what if we would think of cars being useful beyond transport? What if we literally approach them as an extension of our living environment and broaden their functionality beyond moving people in between places?
By designing vehicles as modular building blocks, they could become a fundamental part of a city’s architecture. These modules could be the base of an ever changing society, endlessly morphing according to new needs and developments.