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The future’s just being tested in New York

by Amelie Znidaric

The future’s just being tested in New York
On the occasion of the "Festival of Ideas for the New City", architectural specialist met up in New York City to discuss things, make art, and to party on the street? How will we move in the future? And will we all soon have compost facilities under our sinks?
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A Jules Verne of architecture

by Amelie Znidaric

A Jules Verne of architecture
The creative Villa Villekulla in Brooklyn, New York serves as the headquarters of the architecture cooperative Terreform ONE. This is where ideas are generated for the city of the day after tomorrow. And where mobile houses and soft cars are designed.

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The train is not a means of transport

by Thomas Wagner

The train is not a means of transport
The future of mobility lies in a combination of various transport systems that dove-tail with one another. Train, streetcar and underground play an important role. Transport policy in this country, however, has not yet recognized the advantages of a customer-friendly train.

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The Senior Leisure Nomad and the temporary city

by Deane Simpson

The Senior Leisure Nomad and the temporary city
As part of the Audi Urban Future Award, New York architects Diller Scofido + Renfro devoted some thought to the issue of mobile dwellings, responding to changes in residential patterns. Many older people above all in the United States have cut their ties with conventional notions of domesticity.
Audi Urban Future Award - The Conference
The Audi Urban Future Award aims to analyze the future of our cities in the context of questions of mobility, and to offer concrete suggestions for their reconfiguration. During a Conference in London initial results are presented in a workshop. The process is documented and discussed in a publication.
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When the city learned to walk

by Nina Reetzke

When the city learned to walk
What will cities of the future look like? How will we move around in them? Archigram's utopia provide answers which are still exciting. Thanks to the Archigram Archival Project the designs and activities of the British architect group can now be viewed in detail on the Internet.
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Fuel at the six-legged dog

by Nancy Jehmlich

Fuel at the six-legged dog
At the beginning of the 1950s, Italian oil company Agip came up with the idea of linking gas station architecture to the company's corporate identity. An exhibition at Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt presents Italy's gas station architecture during the economic recovery of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
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Detroit, a ruin from the automobile era –
Part 1

by Nora Sobich

Detroit, a ruin from the automobile era – <br>Part 1
Now that both Chrysler and General Motors have hit the wall America's auto industry seeks to reinvent itself. In Detroit, which is still a great if increasingly pale showroom of what was once world-famous auto-architecture, no one has stopped believing in the future of the US automobile.

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The future of the past – Lada, Dacia and their like

by Peter Sägesser

The future of the past – Lada, Dacia and their like
Taken by surprise in the current crisis, the automobile industry now seems to be rushing towards an ecological future wearing seven league boots. But where is this future to be found? Does part of it perhaps not lie in the simplicity of its European past?

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Painting the Future

by Thomas Edelmann

Painting the Future
Are electric drives more a PR campaign than a serious alternative? What is currently being treated as the future face of automobility has already been around for some time. Electric cars have as yet, however, been able to establish themselves. For several reasons.

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Electromobility: About blistering wires and clever pipework

Electromobility: About blistering wires and clever pipework
Dare to look into the future? Each of us will drive an electric car, will charge it overnight, while at the same time the washing machine runs because electricity will be cheaper at night. How to secure power supplies during such peak periods? Claudia Beckmann spoke to David Dallinger. They discussed how the electric car of tomorrow can be integrated into renewable decentral energy systems.

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Electromobility: Where is the journey taking us?

Electromobility: Where is the journey taking us?
The automobile industry is the focal point of the debate about climate goals and CO2 reduction. The answer to the question about the car of the future is quite clearly electromobility. Claudia Beckmann and Nancy Jehmlich spoke to three experts about which mobility concepts are currently being discussed and the technical and economic challenges that accompany them.

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What a car

by Paolo Tumminelli

What a car
What role is design actually playing at the 63rd IAA car show? Are the new models keeping their promises in this respect? Or for various reasons, is design losing the requisite balance between yesterday and today?

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From the box to the teardrop and back again

by Georg-Christof Bertsch

From the box to the teardrop and back again
Boxy cars are taking the design world by storm.

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The front is always the back – of 49,602,623 auto rears

by Silke Gehrmann-Becker

	The front is always the back – of 49,602,623 auto rears
What does it actually mean for one's own way of driving, mood, - and not least of all design awareness - to drive along behind a rear, to analyze its motion, get one's own front as close as possible to it, while at the same time, on th other hand, keeping one's one rear as far away as possible from an approaching front?

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Tuk-tuk in place of limousine

by Georg-Christof Bertsch

Tuk-tuk in place of limousine
In that time people have continually been talking about the future of individual transport. There are definitely some alternatives which would help to reduce traffic congestion in big cities and use energy in an efficient way. Intelligently organized group transport is one of them.
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News & Stories | Audi Urban Future Initiative 2012

Welcome to Utopia!

by Jörg Zimmermann

Welcome to Utopia!
The “Shareway” concept developed by Höweler + Yoon Architecture, winners of the Audi Urban Future Award 2012, spotlights the collaborative use of transportation structures. The other studios participating in the architecture award curated by Stylepark also focused on questions of mobility and transportation in 2030 – against the backdrop of individual needs and trends in society.

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Ideas for the New City

Ideas for the New City
The New Museum’s “Festival of Ideas for the New City” examines – in cooperation with Stylepark and the der Audi Urban Future Initiative – the work of prominent architects as they grapple with questions of mobility and urbanism in a large-scale, three dimensional model of Manhattan along with five neighborhood-specific interventions designed by NYC-based architects.

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The digitally cleansed city

The digitally cleansed city
In the framework of the Audi Urban Future Award 2010 curated by Stylepark, six internationally active architecture offices participated in a process in the course of which they developed their own particular visions of how mobility, architecture and the city will in future interact. Five of them are currently presenting their ideas in an exhibition at Venice. The competition was won by Berlin-based Jürgen Mayer H.

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“Save the traffic, so our cities can survive”

by Annette Tietenberg

“Save the traffic, so our cities can survive”
During the reconstruction period in West Germany. a new control instrument entered the political landscape: urban planning. Its objective was to make a strict division between labor and living . People should work in the city, and live in the country. The fact that commuters were obliged to buy a car to cover the distance between the city center and the periphery merely boosted the economy. And produced slip roads, city highways and traffic jams lasting for kilometers. The car-friendly city - an unsuccessful historical concept or bitter-sweet reality?

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The City as a Labo for Future Mobility

by Thomas Wagner

The City as a Labo for Future Mobility
The "AUFA Audi Urban Future Award 2010", which is curated by Stylepark, has set itself the task of thinking about the city of tomorrow as regards the issue of mobility. We are running a series of articles in coming weeks on some aspects of automobility and urban planning as relating to the AUFA - the latter will culminate on August 25 with a presentation of the findings in Venice in the form of an exhibition and the selection of the first prize winner.
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Visions for a future urban platform

by Sandra Hofmeister

Visions for a future urban platform
Our economy is based on growth, but growth has its limits. And thus our current urban planning stands on wobbly foundations. Architect Peter Haimerl and his team are working on a new city for the future. "Zoom Town" is an urban concept that coordinates various forms of mobility with each other in an overarching urban fabric.
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The Speedway into the Future

by Sandra Hofmeister

The Speedway into the Future
Industrial designer Christian Förg has developed a concept for electric cars called "Speedway". An electromagnetic field drives the car and charges the battery at the same time!

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Detroit, a ruin from the automobile era – Part 2

by Nora Sobich

Detroit, a ruin from the automobile era – Part 2
Detroit, the very name stands for cutting-edge industrial architecture. America's very first car factory was built her, a concrete frame structure, and it was here that Albert Kahn, the "builder of Detroit", created the Highland Park factory for the Ford "Model T", which first rolled off the production line in 1908. In a city whose future seems to be behind it, what is happening to the built monuments of the industrial revolution fuelled by automobile construction?

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Light traces and tire tracks – how the auto industry presents itself 4

by Thomas Wagner

Light traces and tire tracks – how the auto industry presents itself 4
There's no escaping the impression that designers, engineers and ad men like to be seen as artists. Yet experience shows that art does not sit easy with the advertising world, which rarely produces anything other than bland me-too's.

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22 Gasoline Stations

22 Gasoline Stations
Will the good old gas station soon become extinct?

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Pretty Wraps – How the auto industry sees itself, Pt. 3

by Thomas Wagner

Pretty Wraps – How the auto industry sees itself, Pt. 3
Design is more than just providing styling, and the look of a car is more than just pretty wraps for it. But do the ad agencies know this, too?

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Electromobility: Still filling up or already charging

Electromobility: Still filling up or already charging
The auto's future is inextricably connected to batteries. And to power sockets. What sounds so plausible and developed in the media and at press conferences, is far from ready, and instead the major challenge we face is to develop electromobility: in the form of powerful batteries.

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Creeping forward en route for the future: Design truths at the IAA

by Thomas Wagner

Creeping forward en route for the future: Design truths at the IAA
If we are to believe the grandiose announcements by the auto industry we will soon be driving highly efficiently in futuristically designed automobiles into a brave clean world. And the energy will come from a power socket. But a lot of what glitters as promises at IAA is simply not gold. But pie in the sky. And design is tailoring the new clothes and making do with the role of being the sub-servant of technology.

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All green: self portrait of the auto industry 2

by Thomas Wagner

All green: self portrait of the auto industry 2
For some time now, the future has been the present as far as automobile advertising is concerned: everything must be green, efficient, economical. Such harmony between Man, Nature and Machine is, however, just a sun-drenched fairy tale, and then, just sometimes, the dim, dark night.

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Waiting for the next goddess

by Paolo Tumminelli

Waiting for the next goddess
It's a bit like Christmas, only every other year: Once again this year hordes of amazed and enthusiastic car lovers will make their way to the major car show in Frankfurt, in the hope of finding the wondrous, even revolutionary automobile of the future. But what is it we are actually dreaming of?

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Red wins – How the auto industry sees itself, Pt. 1

by Thomas Wagner

Red wins – How the auto industry sees itself, Pt. 1
Crisis or no crisis, you will soon be able to oggle them at the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt - namely all the new, beautiful, better, faster, even safer and even more fuel-efficient cars. So how does the auto industry present itself in its commercials? What instincts do they appeal to and what values do they propagate?