From the editorial of issue 3/2020:
Concepts for a New Mobility Era
Let’s imagine, for a moment, the future of our cities. Parked cars are almost non-existent, motorized traffic is severely restricted, and noisy traffic routes have turned into pedestrian promenades. For the mobility of the future, a profound paradigm shift is emerging – and already leading to visible changes in urban space.
It’s high time that we started thinking concretely about how to participate in rethinking mobility – with urban planning measures and buildings that respond to people’s needs. But which uses are important for everyday life? How should our train stations be designed; what additional possibilities and functions do we need? Not only city administrations and municipalities, but also urban planners and architects are now called upon to develop future-oriented solutions. Ultimately, the new era of mobility gives us the chance to reorient our cities and create new qualities for everyday life.
For our concept issue in March, we have selected current projects that represent small or large milestones for the future with well-considered contextual solutions. This includes deliberate expansion of local transport. In the city of Copenhagen, for example, the metro’s new inner city ring closes a gap with 17 new stations. A second process this issue documents in detail is the conversion of the train station in Rennes. We show you the reconstruction of a brutalist bus station in Preston in the north of England and bicycle garages in Erfurt and Amsterdam. Car parks located at strategic junctions, such as in Zutphen in Holland, have also been built with an eye to the future.