New Urban Mobility

After the car-friendly city

For many decades, the model of the car-friendly city was the unalterable consensus of modern urban planning. To this day, it still shapes the spaces and the image of the city. It is now becoming apparent that the old model is losing its validity and is being replaced by new concepts of urban mobility.

A paradigm shift is taking place that has become inevitable in regard to increasing CO² emissions and a globally advancing urbanization, and is resulting in a comprehensive urban redevelopment. Parking space is becoming urban space, traffic lanes are becoming boulevards, and balconies are being built instead of noise protection windows.

Mobility-driven urban redevelopment is a gain for the city: it creates space, space for the residents, who benefit from the reclaiming of public space.

In teaching and research, the Chair of Urban Design 1 deals with the question of how this change takes place, how the city and urban space are transformed by new models of urban mobility.

Our student design projects deal with the design of urban quarters for which new urban spaces, structures and typologies have to be designed under the conditions of a changed mobility.

[Translate to English:] Film von Fabian Polinski über den Rückbau der A4 bei Jena
[Translate to English:] Poetry and Politics of Walking - Pedestrians' Perspectives on the City, WiSe 2014/15
[Translate to English:] Nach der autogerechten Stadt - Der Bahnhof als Impulsgeber, WiSe 2013/14
[Translate to English:] Urban design and architecture for the new urban mobility, Okt. 2014
[Translate to English:] Leipzig Central - Westgelände Hauptbahnhof, WiSe 2015/16
Urban design and architecture for the new urban mobility, Okt. 2014
Car Culture Cities, SoSe 2014
Space Hub Erfurt - Bahnhofsquatier am neuen ICE-Knoten, SoSe 2014
Symposium 15 April 2016: New Urban Mobility - The second stage of development