Mission

Integrated and intelligent concepts of mobility have become part of our everyday lives for quite a while. The concept of mobility in general includes, but is not limited to, automatic control systems of different transport carriers. It includes the general and optimized technological movements of people, goods and even data streams within their spatial environment as well. The structural alterations of our spatial and temporal everyday organization can be analyzed through the way we use spaces, the way we move from one space to another, and the way we use the worldwide web. Individual activities can on the one hand have different meanings, and on the other hand their meanings are dependent on the factors of space and time. This is valid for local spaces, as well as for virtual spaces. Consequently, social, economic, and political changes are always placed in a spatial, temporal, and medial context.

The existent spatial framework often serves as a trigger in order to develop adequate concepts of mobility within the process of logistical business processes or communal decision making processes regarding the development of transport infrastructure. E-ticketing systems for example have been developed because of the problems caused by urban agglomerations. However, the solution found is not applicable to rural areas.

The questions which technologies should be used and, when or how can these technologies be transferred to other spatial environments depends on a variety of individual and informal factors that concern the local project participants.

This constitutes the lack of a monitoring that meets different requirements. It would be important for the monitoring to ensure the framework of successful concepts of mobility, as well as the analysis of the individual consequences regarding a transferability in other spatial contexts. Therefore, it can be assumed that successful concepts of mobility could be supplemented within similar spatial typologies. When it comes to more complex spatial contexts, however, it is very likely that they rather function as a technological barrier due to an increased complexity (Keyword: Self-fulfilling Prophecies).

This raises the question if this linear approach (spatial problem -> technical solution) is the adequate approach in terms of political sustainability. As spatial and technological networks get more complex and more dynamic, an adequate approach would rather be focusing on the symbiosis of technology, space and people. The result would be very relevant to the aspect of sustainability (technical solution -> spatial consequences -> possible new spatial problem).

In other words: What consequences does the use of integrated mobility infrastructures have for the new land use? What interdependencies can be observed? What conclusions can be drawn regarding the optimization of concepts/ technologies of mobility on the one hand and the transferability in new environments on the other hand?

The research focus nextPlace firmly supports the thesis that the analysis of existent concepts of mobility, as well as the development of new intelligent concepts of mobility can only be mastered through an interdisciplinary teamwork. Consequently, the communication between the different team members are key in order to be successful. New computer-aided methods, such as methods for data visualization are capable of illustrating different mobility flows in a dynamic and geo-referenced matter. The technical possibility to combine visual and interactive interfaces with computer-based simulation models in order to analyze individual decision making processes for everyone that is involved in the process and the public.

Especially the visualization of dynamic interdependencies provides several advantages in terms of analysis, clarification and communication of complex planning processes. The examination of the interdependencies, feedback effects, and temporal/ spatial patterns creates new images, readabilities, and procedural factors on the interdependency of people, space and goods.