2016 - 2017

Units, Scales and Measures

Amir Afshar (2nd Year)

Spaces Available

Throughout history, the form of streets has been shaped by modes of transportation. Today, most streets are lined with parked cars that spend around 96% of their time unused.  Traffic signals, congestion zones and fines aim to limit the effects of the car on the city, yet the vehicle centric cities of today offer little respite for the pedestrian. With congestion and infrastructure ever increasing, the street can be an unforgiving and relentless place to be. On the horizon however, the prospect of autonomous vehicles promises to change all of this - to offer a new model that will change the way we live.  Their accuracy means the narrowing of lane sizes, whilst their autonomy eradicates the need for parking. Suddenly as space is freed up, the city has the opportunity to reclaim this prime real estate once reserved for the motor car. Spaces Available looks at how our cities will be radically reshaped by this  imminent revolution in the way we move through space.


Find out more with  Amir’s research article ->

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