Future mobility: Maritime Urbanization

How about the future of mobility in urban coastal regions? How can flexible means of transport be seamlessly linked to the rigid architectural stock while being redefined?

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Text: Florian Czak
Co-Author: Franziska Warnke

People are attracted to water. Maritime habitats are popular and at the same time enormously threatened by climate change and rising sea levels. What role comes to mobility in this environment and what place does it give people? Is transport a way of supporting people, or do people have to adapt to it? The Phoenix Academy deals with those future-oriented topics and thus offers a platform for young and experienced talents. The Academy offers plenty of scope for the development of substantial visions of the future, completely independent of customer-related projects, and thus enables Phoenix Design to develop new horizons, know-how and an attitude towards the issues of the future.

The development of mobility is strongly connected to the future appearance of urban spaces, withthe digital and physical infrastructure, as well as reaching maximum sustainability. Therefore it is one of the most influential drivers concerning our social progression.

As decisive the topic mobility is, it appears as very faceted and complex. Movement can happen everywhere. A big part of studies in this regard focuses on urban space, but how will it look like in the future? Will we move through asphalted shared spaces, on water, in the air? And how can we project this structural development beyond the city borders on more rural areas?

The aspired change in mobility leads to a risk of getting stuck in existing structures – therefore, taking a step back to look at the bigger picture will be useful. This way, it is possible to decode and rearrange holistic interrelationships, allowing new points of view, approaches, and concepts. Thereby it is essential to bring the complex of themes back to its critical point – mobility means moving people. Its use must always exceed the effort; it has to support us. Mobility has to be perceived as a chance again, not another barrier. 

Smart living in motion is a core business area of Phoenix Design. We intensively develop solutions with our clients and focus on structural social questions within the Phoenix Academy. Therefore future visions are developed within substantiated design studies. Those studies form the foundation for innovative design that Phoenix has been characterized by for decades. 

What could micro-mobility solutions in the urban coast-near context look like? Today the Academy graduate Konstantin Wolf presented his study „Vessel“ – a demand-oriented concept for future mobility in the growing living space of urban coast areas by the example of the danish capital city Copenhagen. The concept shows a vehicle for floating cities that became a significant part of urban planning due to climate change. Visual impressions of the project will soon be available on our website.

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