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The current hyper-connected mobility will be challenged by environmental & public health impacts. Future of mobility will intensify digital & physical experiences.

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  • Joyce Moore Design Researcher, designaffairs
  • Mattawan Sutjaritthanarak Design Researcher, designaffairs
  • Antonia Meißner Design Researcher, designaffairs

What will life in 10, 20 or even 30 years look like? The world as we know it is changing more rapidly than ever before, leading lives to become more fragile and uncertain. Things are altering at unprecedented speed and a slight flip of an event like a crisis can accelerate change to happen much faster.

As we adapt to increasingly unpredictable futures, resilience has become an important aspect of life. Since the resources such as air, water and soil which we are dependent on, will become contaminated and scarce, the work on hyper-resiliency will become more and more important. Yet, we are likely to live longer and healthier lives. New technologies emerge which allow us to handle this unexpected future, but which constantly reshape our behaviors and way of life. This progression raises several questions: How might climate change influence our living environment and thus the way our homes will be designed? What will we call home if we become more nomadic? How will we move in the future if the population density within cities increase? Will the blur between the digital and the physical realms and the access to digital data intensify the division in society?  

Future of Mobility

Mobility has always been seen as a basic need. Whilst the European trade of goods beyond regional distances emerged in the middle ages, it is nowadays not only goods that are transported across the globe, but also financial capital, data and people. Mobility is the way we overcome distances between human activities such as living, working, education and leisure. The way of moving changes constantly, but the reason why we are moving stays constant even with time.

Today, mobility is inseparable from globalization, digitalization, and urbanization.

This hyper-connected world enables our society to be part of an endless flow of goods, data and knowledge. Billions of people particularly younger generations will live in densely populated towns or megacities, in order to be part of a global network with better access to education and job prospects that suits their ideals.

Being on the move offers numerous prospects for our daily lives, however, it also brings challenges.

One such challenge is the serious environmental impacts caused by traffic congestion across land, air, sea and even space. This increasing global migration has initiated and exacerbated many disease outbreaks and as a result, is raising questions that challenge our future mobility assumptions. Questions such as:  How will we move in the future if the population density within cities increase, but resources such as petroleum, lithium and air become even rarer? How might the blur between the digital and the physical sphere shape the way we move, work and interact? Will the future of mobility, hence the public sphere of moving, be determined by new hygienic regulations?

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