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MAAT museum explores five iterations of the future city

26.06.2017 Architecture : Future Cities : Art & Design
Everything on Time by Tim Durfee, Ben Hooker and Jenny Rodenhouse, Lisbon

Lisbon – The inaugural conference invited architects, artists and academics to speculate on post-internet cities.

As technology advances and the idea of the city evolves, the newly opened Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) played host to a variety of thought-leaders whose work explores the way future urban environments will respond to current cultural habits.

Tim Durfee, Ben Hooker and Jenny Rodenhouse presented their video work Everything on Time, which considered five possible metropolis environments. In the first part of the film, Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles (UAV) Urbanism, the artists looked at how the characteristics of autonomous cars will shape cities.

Just as an acre was originally devised to represent the amount of land that could be ploughed in a day, the flight paths, functionality and battery life of these machines will be used to establish new measurements of distance.

The Big Picture

  • Cultural shifts combined with fast-paced technological advancements and growing urbanisation are contributing to the evolution of urban spaces. For more, see our Placemaking Market report
  • Germany’s slow adoption of electric cars has been attributed to a lack of progression in its urban infrastructure, demonstrating the ripple effect that urban planning has on other aspects of society. For more, see our Insight report

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