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60 410 Future urbanism: Planning for Autonomous Vehicles

Full course name in English: 
Future urbanism: Planning for Autonomous Vehicles
60 410
Syklus 2
2021 Vår
2021 Vår
Espen Aukrust Hauglin
Om emnet

The course is a part of ongoing invention and research processes concerning AV – automatic vehicles and mobility. Future low-carbon mobility systems will influence settlement structure, environment, and urban design with the promise to radically change the way we move in and around metro areas.The course links to the networks of the European research project PAV (Planning for autnonomous vehicles) that deals with challenges related to urban planning and design, and its possible spatial impacts. Professor Alan Berger from MIT has for years been working with spatial design and environmental impacts of AV. Professor Karl Otto Ellefsen is part of the PAV project. The course aim is to identify specific situations and establish alternative scenarios in discussion noth Norwegian partners and the network partners of PAV.  A municipality in peri-urban Oslo, will be chosen for case-studies and scenarios.

Students will be involved in the project on different levels:

  • In literature studies as further development of work done at MIT.
  • In establishing data and mapping for the case-studies
  • In developing the scenarios and in developing specific projects
  • GIS skills in mapping.
  • Knowledge of high-tech urban systems, eventually remodelling urban and peri-urban space.
  • Knowledge on peri-urban conditions that gives competence to understand and work in this areas.
  • Urban design skills. ​
Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter

The course will produce (1) A literature review and analysis on the current status of AV knowledge and literature, with forward thinking projections about future challenges in mobility conversion. (2) A case study involving an urban area with a transportation node, as well as the sub-urban areas, the semi-periphery and rural areas connected to this transportation node. (3) Establishing three different scenarios for AV, and the effect of AV on spatial patterns, infrastructure and urban design.

Contacts will be established with a municipality/city and the transportation authorities in this city. Institutions experimenting with AV in a Norwegian setting will be invited to a reference group. Within the PAV project, the intention is to invite experts/projects to take part in the discussion of the project through digital workshops.

The course will be organized as a joint work in the studio as a way to investigate the possible spatial impacts of autnonomous vehicles. Within the studio, individual assignments will be given.

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