Audi Urban Future Award 2012

At the launch of this year's edition of the Audi Urban Future Award, six international architecture offices present their visions for the future of mobility in an online broadcast.

For the second Audi Urban Future Award, Audi has invited six respected architecture offices, from Mumbai (CRIT), Boston/Washington (Höweler + Yoon Architecture), Tokyo (Junya Ishigami + Associates), the Pearl River Delta (NODE Architecture & Urbanism), Istanbul (Superpool) and São Paulo (Urban-Think Tank), to create a vision of the future of mobility in their region.

The process starts off with the conference "Metropolis & Mobility Dialogue" this Wednesday, 16 May. The conversation between the architects and Rupert Stadler, the chairman of the executive board of Audi AG, will be transmitted worldwide via live streaming.

In many parts of the world the population is rapidly increasing. Cities are rising to the sky, there is less space for their residents and in many places the transport infrastructure cannot keep pace. The challenges vary from one city to another, as every metropolis has its own individual history. In Tokyo, for example, there are no street names and the houses are numbered according to the year of construction. On the streets of Mumbai, all kinds of vehicles coexist alongside each other.
Top: View of Mumbai © CRIT. Above: View of Mumbai © CRIT
Top: View of Mumbai © CRIT. Above: View of Mumbai © CRIT
What is required are strategies that are tailored to the local potential. Solutions that draw together present conditions and future opportunities with great sensitivity. In Istanbul, for example, the geography of the city on the Bosphorus means that no well-functioning system of public transport exists. Individual road traffic is therefore constantly increasing at times, moving forward is getting difficult. At the same time Istanbul has a much higher rate of Facebook use than most metropolises, a fact that holds great potential if traffic can be coordinated through social networks.

With the second edition of the Award, Audi emphasizes its commitment to sustainable individual mobility. The competition focuses on a constructive exchange of ideas: Audi would like to directly learn from the cities of the world. All the approaches will serve as sources of information and inspiration in thinking about future mobility concepts.
View of Mumbai © Sahil Latif
View of Mumbai © Sahil Latif
Audi Urban Future Award 2012: The present and future of mobility in six global metropolitan regions
International conference: Metropolis & Mobility Dialogue
16 May 2012, Ingolstadt
Live streaming from 9:00 to 12:00

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