Mobile Strategies Design studio (15 ECTS) AR 9300 Dr Remon M. Rooij studio coordinator, Dr. Roberto C. Rocco studio associate
Mobilised Mobility Introduction Motivation for the design studio Mobilised Mobility The technology that makes it easier to fly around the world, both physically and electronically, is also making it easier to bring the world together. That is why globalisation is a good description for what is happening in the world today. It is not just making things bigger, it is also making them a lot smaller. One of the factors that have driven this development of globalisation, and one we have had to accomodate in the transformation in our thinking about cities, is the issue of mobility. Spatial processes of connectivity and mobility bring us at the same time into contact with the wider world, while they bring the global and the metropolitan to every place. More and more, in dealing with urban futures and our strategies for achieving them, we deal with an interaction between a space of flows and a space of places. Within the hierarchies of networks, transport nodes are the places where (different) hierarchies and spatial levels of infrastructures come together. The nodes of the network of public space, such as transfer points, public squares, stations, park and ride facilities, exits of motorways etc., operate on the field of tension between ´place´ and ´flow´, as here, the space of flows meets the space of places directly. In and around these (transport) nodes the network is linked to the geographical surface and environment. Here, new development potentials, new possibilities, but also new threats arise.We can refer to these locations as mobility environments, as multi scalar locations where many people can come, but also a location where people can do things: -They are both accessible nodes and accessible places.
-They are the locations where the potential of physical human interaction is the largest. However, it is quite unclear how a process of flow works on concrete places, and this idea is rather difficult to make it operational. The strategic design exercise of this semester aims therefore to confront this difficulty, and propose solutions to it, in relations to a concrete design problem.So, this semester focuses on the (potential) role of the mobility environments within the polynuclear city regions by means of the developing spatial strategies for the transformation of the Randstad Southern Wing. Teaching aims The student knows a theoretical, conceptual and practical background with respect to (i) spaces of mobility and (ii) the dynamic functioning of cities of the 21st century from an urbanism of networks point of view. The student understands the concept of spatial strategies for urban planning and design processes, and can design a spatial strategy for a complex urban design task The student understands the concept of a strategic project within a spatial strategy. The student can critically assess both theories on mobility and space, and analysis, planning and evaluation methods, approaches and techniques. Course content and progam The Design Studio Mobilised Mobility (15 ects) incorporates the strategic design of the transformation of a complex urban area within the Randstad-Holland area, with emphasis on the area known as the Southern Wing (the functional urban region in the Province of South Holland, including the cities of Rotterdam, The Hague, Delft, Leiden, Dordrecht, among others).
The exercise seeks to: 1. Clarify the position and role of the Southern Wing in larger urban systems (the RandstadHolland, the Dutch urban system, the Northwestern European ur- ban network 2. Understand the role of connectivity and mobility in the constitution of complex urban regions 3. Understand the role of connectivity and mobility for strategic spatial planning aiming at sustainable development 4. Understand the role of connectivity and mobility in new urbanisation scenarios based on polycentrality, complex networked urban regions and the new productive scenario based on a service oriented economy 5. Use and test spatial planning and design tools related to connectivity and mobility in order to improve city region coherence and improve living and working conditions in a networked city region 6. Understand the governance scenario where such tools and designs can be used The semester didactic studio program consists of 6 exercises. 1. Readings + reporting a. On Randstad b. On mobility environments c. On different views towards mobility: infrastructural, behavioral, spatial, socio-functional, geographical 2. Evaluation research on (potential) mobility environments / spaces of flow a. Transport hubs b. University campuses c. Malls / shopping centres d. Entertainment centres
3. Scenario planning exercise Southern Randstad wing a. Extreme scenario 1 (to be defined by students) b. Extreme scenario 2 (to be defined by students) c. Extreme scenario 3 (to be defined by students)
Contact European Postgraduate Masters in Urbanism TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture Department of Urbanism Julianalaan 134 2628 BL, Delft The Netherlands Coordinator Delft Ir. Meta Berghauser Pont M.Y.BerghauserPont@tudelft.nl For further information www.studyat.tudelft.nl (postgraduate courses) www.emurbanism.eu
Published on Mar 24, 2010