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Mobility New Thinking Demonstrator

Cities 22 July 2010 | 10.00am

One of the key themes for this year’s Victorian State of Design (SoD) Festival is mobility and a focus of events on Tuesday 20th July. Susan de Vere, Adam Leggett, Dan Hill and I participated in the workshop on the Mobility New Thinking Demonstrator and we then attended Chris Bangle’s public talk on the Future of Personal Mobility.

SoD director Lou Weis convened the group from industry and research to consider four components of our urban journeys; initial choices, waiting, the journey experience and arrival.

Storyboards were provided for three mobility scenarios for discussion and interesting discussions were really the result of this three hour workshop. One of the most interesting discussions were from the group who adapted all three scenarios to reflect mobility difficulties confronted by someone in a wheelchair. What if we all used wheels as personal mobility devices and transport was designed for people to roll on and off?

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The group Leaders were – LtoR above – Robyn Healy (RMIT), Chris Bangle, (former BMW and now Chris Bangle and Associates), Soumitri Varadarajan (RMIT) and Michael Trudgeon (Crowd Productions). Robyn spoke about clothing for mobility, how do you make all modes accessible through clothing transformation, Chris followed with strategies to rethink journeys, Soumitri pulled the premise apart – as only Soumitri can and Michael inspired us to think about the future and where these changes can be best sited in the city.

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Each table had a digital scribe – fantastic drawings that I hope we can link to sometime.

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In between the workshop and Chris Bangle’s public talk we visited the Creating Liveable Cities exhibition. Greg More told us about his Flowing Data visualisation project for Melbourne Water in which the last ten years of water catchment and use data has been presented to illustrate patterns of use. Its particularly interesting as Melbourne is still under water restrictions from the longest drought in living memory and Greg had us watch one dam when seasonal rains failed to fall and the after effect of never really being able to catch up were evident in the visualisation. Fantastic link between the graphics and sound design.

Below is the Fortune 5000 installation – thousands of suspended test tubes filled with water and messages. Take one to read and reflect. Mine ended up in a bar later on. A lovely piece.

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Andrew Maher

Melbourne, Australia

“I lead Digital Innovation and my role is to develop new ways of working, delivering and communicating our services using the latest technological capabilities ranging from the way we engage with digital data, through to the use of new interactive design media.”

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