What is the Experiments in motion project about?

Experiments in Motion is a research initiative conducted by the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in partnership with Audi of America to develop and test new paradigms in the relationship between motion, mobility and design. The program will draw from global thought leaders from around the university, architecture and design professionals, and an expanded network of urban mobility experts from New York City and Audi. Part of the Audi Urban Future Initiative, the program is curated by Therrien Barley.

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This weekend (April 27-28), New Habitat will be hosting a hackathon as part of the Ideas City Festival that will present architecture as an “API” to be hacked. The hackathon will mobilize a diverse group of architects, designers, artists, engineers, and technologists by providing the designs for a proposed building in New York City to be hacked away at, into and through to new ideas for domestic living.

The vicious cycle of innovation that opensource knowledge and infrastructure and a hacker ethos has ignited in other fields has yet to adequately disrupt architecture, buildings, the environments we inhabit on a daily basis. Cities have been hacked to death, but somehow the walls of architecture have stood firm. No longer.

New Habitat is a venture to do precisely what it claims, to rethink habitats. To participate, hackers of all stripe can register on Eventbrite at new-habitat.eventbrite.com. The hackathon will occur at the NewLab space at the Brooklyn Navy Yards on April 27-28, with a public presentation the following Friday, May 3 at the Ideas City Festival, hosted by the New Museum, The Architectural League of New York, Storefront for Art and Architecture and other amazing NY-based organizations.


Experiments with Water and Sound

This is what happens when you combine: a powered speaker, water source, soft rubber hose, tone generating software, 24 fps camera, and tape. via


Does Using Tumblr Make You a Tumblr Person?

Peter Vidani, Michael Rock, Mark Wigley and other designers take part in a round-table-turn-table at the Audi Forum in New York to discuss the implications of choreographing users and how invisible design should and can be. More Videos Here


Home in Motion

The Dynamic D*Haus folds and shifts into configurations developed using advance geometry and mathematics.

(via Architizer)


Experiments in Motion Featured in Surface Magazine’s American Influence Issue


Beyond Traffic:

The mesmerizing traffic patterns in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

(via Rob Whitworth


NYC MTA Catalogue of Used and Abandoned Spaces

The importance of the subway system in New York City cannot be underestimated. This study compares the amount of space in the entire subway system with spaces that are either inaccessible or abandoned - a complex system of spaces and possibilities. Timothy Bell exhibited this project along with architectural renderings along this September as part of the exhibition “Experiments in Motion”. Every project in the exhibition started with the question - what could these transportation space be used for in the future?


Interactive Aluminum Flower Dome

Lotus Dome by Daan Roosegaarde and his studio is a living dome made out of hundreds of ultra-light aluminium flowers that fold open in response to human behavior. When approached, the big silver dome lights up and opens its flowers.

Its behavior moves from soft breathing to a more dynamic mood when more people interact. The light slowly follows people, creating an interactive play of light and shadow.


Eco Drones   |   Christopher Geist

By capitalizing on the FAA Modernization and Reform Act, which created guidelines for the introduction of unmanned aircraft, drones could be introduced to Manhattan. Free of the traditional limitations of the street grid, the drones’ paths could evenly spread seeds throughout the city, thereby bridging the ecological gaps within the urban fabric. Better able to mitigate the urban context, the drones will do what natural processes could not: re-introduce plant life to the city and aid in sustainability.


Street Life   |   Paul Tran and Shuning Zhao

If technology evolves to allow for interior personal vehicles, it will change the boundaries of transportation. Rather than remaining limited to today’s traditional networks, urban mobility can exist within the walls of the building itself. Neighborhoods could exist within one megablock, complete with its own interior system of transportation. The new vehicular system could move both horizontally and vertically, dissolving today’s “convenience” of the grid and creating neighborhoods within neighborhoods.



Geoff Manaugh &
Nicola Twilley
Our studio will invert the question of urban mobility, asking not how individuals can most efficiently navigate the static map of the built metropolis, but how the city's various systems and services, from policing to entertainment, can instead come to them. Through a series of case studies, site visits, and design challenges, we will explore the city of mobile services, from the familiar—ice cream trucks, food carts, bike messengers, and tow trucks—to the often radically unexpected, such as California's RV pot dispensaries or mobile lethal-injection facilities in China.
Jürgen Mayer H. &
Marc Kushner
The American city is resurgent after decades of wallowing in the shadow of its suburban neighbors. Increased density means forgotten corners of the city are ripe for architectural speculation. These spaces need more than a renovation - they need to be restitched into the city's network of transportation, communication and culture. "Under Over Out" is interested in the intersection of architecture and mobility where mobility is more than mere physical conveyance.
Jeffrey Inaba
By far New York has the highest ridership of public transportation among US cities. A significant percentage of people take the subway, bus, or commuter rail daily. Combined with the options of traveling by foot, bike, or taxi, New York stands as the country's premier model of urban multi-modal transit. Given the great number of people who travel by these means it would seem that the private automobile is not entirely needed. But be that as it may, the automobile is the main means of transportation.