On Monday May 13th Ole B. Jensen and Ditte Bendix Lanng gave a talk on “Mobilities Design – toward a new research field” at MIT CDD (City Design and Development – see http://cdd.mit.edu/) in Boston. We were fortunate that an engaged audience had decided to show up for the talk, including our hosts Professor Eran Ben-Joseph and Christopher Zegras. We got some valuable feedback to bring home for our further development of the research in the Mobilities Design Group.
After the MIT talk Simon Wind and Ditte Bendix Lanng travelled to Philadelphia where we were welcomed by Professor Mimi Sheller at the mCenter at Drexel University. We did a short research stay there, enjoying the opportunity to discuss our research and learn a little about other´s, not least the forthcoming book by Mimi Sheller Aluminum Dreams: Lightness, Speed, Modernity (MIT Press, 2014) (see http://mcenterdrexel.wordpress.com/).
We visited the Department of Making and Doing (see http://dmdphilly.org) a high-tech workshop space located at the Drexel University Campus. Dan Schimmel and David Clayton was kind enough to show us around. The place does great work with art, technology and community involvement.
We also had the chance to participate as panelists in the Interactivity Foundation´s meeting on “Future of Mobility” (thanks to Mimi Sheller). The 15 other panelists had been meeting once a month during the last year to discuss visions and policies for future mobilities and to formulate a discussion report for other groups to use. It was an intense full-day program with engaged and thoughtful participants. Shannon Hartman did a great job in facilitating the debate and narrowing it down to 8-9 policies which are intended to spawn further ideas, debates and wow-experiences (see http://www.interactivityfoundation.org/).
We truly appreciate the experiences we got along the way on this North-American research trip, and thank all the people who have helped us to make it possible. Thanks to CSB (Center for Strategisk Byforskning) and Augustinus Fonden for supporting the trip!
Written by Ditte Bendix Lanng.