Conversations in Motion
What happens when the boundaries separating motion and design are removed? What is the future of mobility and the city? Experiments in Motion brought together an interdisciplinary design panel for a roundtable discussion that explored the potential for rethinking architecture within the framework of the emerging mobile physical and digital world.
The January 30th, 2012 launch of a semester long collaboration between three graduate design studios at Columbia University GSAPP and Audi's Urban Future Initiative brought together an interdisciplinary group of designers to explore how motion is represented within the architecture of today's physical and digital world.
During the roundtable discussion, Mark Wigley, dean of Columbia University GSAPP asked the panel to respond to questions regarding the emergence of mobility within design. Panel participants included Abe Burmeister of Outlier Tailored Performance Clothing, Glen Cummings of MTWTF, Rob Giampietro of Project Projects, Michael Rock of 2x4, interaction designer Chris Woebken and Peter Vidani of Tumblr.
The event focused on the interaction between mobility and design, considering as well the potential benefits of the friction caused by incorporating motion in design. The topics raised during the conversation were born, in large part, from the previous phase of the research initiative, during which architects were asked to address the future of the city within the context of mobility. That research, and the panel participants' thoughts on the questions posed, formed the foundation for the design problems Columbia University GSAPP students were asked to address during the ensuing semester.
The evening's introduction of the graduate design studios, led by Mark Wigley, highlighted the topics each of the Columbia University GSAPP professors, Jeffrey Inaba, Marc Kushner, Juergen Mayer H., Geoffrey Manaugh, and Nicole Twilley felt critical to study over the following months. Each studio focused on the marriage between motion and the city, asking questions such as, what if streets were buildable space, what if architecture could be mobilized, and can architecture stitch forgotten space back into the daily motion of the city.