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Will donate data. Save the city
“The traffic in Berlin <br/>is frustrating.”
From “Slummerville” to “boom town”
The European Answer to Silicon Valley
Playing on the roads
The Secret of Happy Cities
The city is blind, deaf, and dumb
High density alone is not enough to have a city
Super interfaces and super trains
Mobilonomics: Team Boston
System optimization: Team Mexico
Mexico City’s <br/> Gordian knot
Mission for agent i
All in Mini or fashion is the car
Take your dromedary to the beach
Wanted: a lady for a diamond grille
A kaleidoscope of aviation
Mobility in the cities of tomorrow
Keep your hands on the wheel

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Concrete wastelands

by Nora Sobich

Concrete wastelands
Can you even “design” parking lots? In the USA, where there is more paved space for parking cars than anywhere else in the world, the calls to take these “lost spaces” more seriously in their role as public spaces are growing louder and louder.
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Mobility shapes our metropolises

by Jörg Zimmermann

Mobility shapes our metropolises
About 70 percent of the world’s population will in future live in megacities. For the Audi Urban Future Award 2012 six architectural offices are casting an eye over the metropolitan regions of Boston/Washington, São Paulo, Istanbul, Mumbai, the Pearl River Delta and Tokyo – and coming up with new ideas for developing mobility in urban space.
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On the death of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche

by Thomas Edelmann

On the death of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche
Chief designer, founder of the Porsche Design Studio as well as Chairman of the Supervisory Board – these are just some of the outstanding stages in the life of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, who died in Salzburg on April 5.

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Exploring urban structures

Exploring urban structures
Demographics, infrastructure and resources are key factors driving urban development. Audi is for the second time holding the Audi Urban Future Award, an architecture prize designed to foster research into the mechanisms of urbanity.

News & Stories | IAA 2011

The new futurism is white

by Thomas Wagner

The new futurism is white
Crisis, what crisis. At the 64th IAA international motor show, the industry is looking to the future with confidence. So how exactly do the designers think the auto of tomorrow will look? You can get an idea by casting a glance at the trade-fair orchestrations and the latest concept cars.
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The hamburger of architecture

by Andreas Rossmann

The hamburger of architecture
Greetings from Legoland: The NRW-Forum in Düsseldorf is showcasing an exhibition about containers, which reveals just how much enthusiasm there currently is in the architecture scene for transportation vessels such as these, but also how thoroughly the beautiful new world of standardized architecture ignores individuality and local circumstances.

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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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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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“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 pig and the racing car

by Thomas Wagner

The pig and the racing car
In the media age racing cars not only have to be fast, they also have to look fast and stand out on the racing track thanks to colors, lines, numbers and logos. In "Go Faster" Sven Voelker illustrates that this was not always so and shows what characterizes those models with particularly successful styling.
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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.
Auto-psy. Notes on automotive existence
My colleague, the Robocar
Using the social status to help society
Smart elevators as a model for autonomous transport
Everything in life is a game
A car for your handbag
Learning from elevators
Please swarm out
Of ants, data donators <br/> and Ferris wheels
Transport, not ecstasy
Autoethnography: Team Seoul
Swarming behavior: Team Berlin
Keep your energy for after the ride
Driving, light
Going with the data flow and sharing means of transport
A cut-out-and-keep church
What can the city do for me? <br> What can I do for the city?
It’s oh so quiet

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Preferred method of transportation

by Thomas Edelmann

Preferred method of transportation
Hamburg has splashed out on a new subway line with two new, well-designed train stations. One is for the most part still closed since there are no finished buildings close by. But one day there will be thousands using the new route to travel through the city. That’s a promise!
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Take what you get!

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So where to put the car?

by Sandra Gottwald

So where to put the car?
Parking is by definition the temporary placing of vehicles on a space foreseen for this. In reality, however, the automobile does not get placed somewhere temporarily: they get driven temporarily. So where to put the rising number of vehicles not running? In car parks!
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News & Stories | Salone del Mobile 2012

Decoded DNA

by Markus Frenzl

Decoded DNA
In “Colour One for Mini” Scholten & Baijings have created an installation, that conceptually challenges common conventions in surrounding the car. The Dutch designer duo dissected a “Mini One”, revamping the individual parts with new colors and textures. The outcome created a space where our associations with the past and future of the automobile were free to run wild.
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The all-rounders

by Thomas Edelmann

The all-rounders
Currently hardly a car-maker has prioritized special topics. Instead, cars are on show that can potentially do everything. Give you a sporting drive, be safe off-road, and look like a limousine.
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Fill up here!

by Thomas Wagner

Fill up here!
They have been fueling automotive advancement for around 100 years now: gas stations. In Christof Vieweg's informative and richly illustrated book "Volltanken bitte!" we discover that the first gas station was a pharmacy, which brands were once sold, when certain architectural models emerged and what particularly attractive stations look like.
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Phantasms on four wheels

by Sandra Hofmeister

Phantasms on four wheels
We have always known that Germans love cars. We can only conjecture what kind of fantasies surround the cult object. The exhibition “Fetisch Auto. Ich fahre, also bin ich” (Car fetish – I drive, therefore I am) in Basle provides an insight into the visual images surrounding what is actually a pretty functional object.
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Handmade cyclosophy

by Knuth Hornbogen

Handmade cyclosophy
Spring is back and the bicycle season starts. Should you want to buy a new vehicle, why not a custom-built one? Then a glance in the book "Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle" is certainly worthwhile.

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A traveling house

by Nina Reetzke

A traveling house
One area on which Jean Prouvé focused in his work was prefabricated houses, construction elements and façades. The now legendary Maison Tropicale was one product of this. The prototypes stood in West Africa for almost 50 years and are now on show in a series of exhibitions in Europe and the USA.

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The drapes and the Porsche

by Thomas Wagner

The drapes and the Porsche
Anyone who expects to find a book about cars between the covers of "The Porsche Book" will be wrong. The focus here is instead on the stagings by photo designer Frank M. Orel. The cars tend to play only a secondary role.
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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.

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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?