9/06/2011

Conference: The Audi Urban Future Summit: Audi Urban Future Initiative


The look of the city of the future remains an unknown. It would be too simplistic to conceive it only from the perspective of an automobile maker Audi is therefore seeking to involve international experts in the ebate in the context of the Audi Urban Future Initiative.
The Audi Urban Future Summit will take place on 12th September, immediately before the 64th International Auto Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany. it will focus on the subject of "ENERGIES — What forces will change the cities of the future?"
The aim of the symposium, to which more than 300 international experts from various disciplines have been invited, is to build knowledge networks. How will the urban space and mibility have to develop in order to meet the demands of cities in the future?
In addition to introductory speeches, the proposals of architects Jürgen Mayer H., Bjarke Ingels and Alison Brooks for the Audi Urban Future Award 2010 will form the basis of the discussions. The Audi Urban Future Insight Team, too, will have an active part. This team, which was set up at Audi especially for the Initiative, operates across departments and introduces the discourse on urban life and mibility into the company.
The visions developed for the Award have been summarized for the Summit 2011 into three principal thematic areas: Networks, social cooperation and resource management. In Frankfurt each of these issues will be explored in a distinct workshop:
The workshop "Energies of Data — Networked City" is based on the Award-winning design by Jürgen Mayer H. This workshop will deal with the question of how far the city of the future will be shaped by networks. Will automated driving, personalized electronic systems and social networks generate sustainable changes in urban environment and individual mobility?
Bjarke Ingels' theses for the Award take up issues associated with the theme "Energies of Resources — City of Abundance". Networks, into which data on energy sources, participants in traffic and infrastructure are fed, could improve the flow of traffic. This would result in surplus energy and free, interactively usable surfaces. Can cars and buildings thus make use of the same flexible energy storage instead of being reliant on static systems of energy supply?
Alison Brooks' proposal for the Award is founded on concepts of social interaction. It forms the basis for the third issue, "Energies of Social Relations — City of Cooperation".
If it is assumed that the city of the future consists of many heterogeneous areas, social interaction will be enhanced. New forms of neighborhly cooperation will emerge; will social exchange, common use and neighborhood assistance thus take the place of individual ownership in some areas?
Internationally renowned experts will introduce these themes with introductory speeches. Carlo Ratti, an engineer and architect at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will speak on the subject of networks; Ludger Hovestadt, architect and professor at the ETH Zurich, on the field of resources. In conclusion Charles Leadbeater, author, consultant and trend researcher, will speak about his view of social cooporation in the urban space.
The introductory speech by social scientist and economist Saskia Sassen marks an important theoretical foundation for the discussion. As an expert on the subject of cities and globalization, she makes an emphatic call for an interdisciplinary exchange among researchers: "We want to think of mobility as a sort of black box that has many more facets than those defined by current technologies," says Saskia Sassen.
What? The Audi Urban Future Summit
Where? The Squaire, Frankfurt on the Main, Germany
When? September, 12th 2011

More here. You can also download the Summit 2011.

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