Scaling of innovative tools and methods towards sustainable mobility - from neighbourhood to national level and beyond
BACKGROUND/HISTORY AND CONTEXT OF THE WORKSHOP
The Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology has created programme initiative to fund a set of real-world laboratories designed to complement its research and innovation funding activities and to leverage their impacts. Five Urban Mobility Labs are working on different urban scales – from neighborhood, urban region to a polycentric area – and address key issues of local and regional mobility futures. They support Austria’s cities evolve into hot-spots for future mobility innovation by exploring, testing, implementing and scaling-up new solutions.
Furthermore, the laboratories are complemented by one “Centre for Mobility Change” which serves as a think-tank and exchange hub for mobility behaviour change on a national level. Through this workshop we want to make our initiative visible and show what we have achieved, but also to exchange knowledge, learn from others and scale up our ideas.
MAIN AIM / OBJECTIVE
Working on different urban and regional scales and targeting various stakeholders requires the laboratories to offer a wide range of co-creative methods. With this workshop we want to show how challenges in mobility can be dealt with creatively and playfully on the diverse spatial levels.
The workshop allows an important knowledge transfer not only for the participants, but also for the representatives of the Mobility Labs as they will integrate the results into further development. Additionally the laboratories get the opportunity to show their work and what they have achieved to a broad international audience allowing them to extend their (knowledge) network beyond the national scale.
In total five Mobility Labs are involved in the workshop offering the participants an in depth insight on their work and applied methodologies. The laboratories address diverse scales and dimensions from city districts to a national level and beyond. The aspern.mobily LAB shows how to translate and adapt local urban features and challenges of mobilities in a smart city district into a greater context. MOBILITYLAB Graz shows a concrete example of their idea challenge “Measures for bicycle theft protection in urban areas”.
Thinkport VIENNA tackles the questions: How will shopping work in future cities and will the people get to the goods or the goods get to the people? With the MobiLab OÖ the participants will get an insight on the development of new mobility solutions for an industry driven polycentric area. The Centre for Mobility Change will address the national level by asking ‘how to enable people, institutions and politics to reflect and consequently adopt mobility behaviour’.
BRIEF OUTLINE / METHODOLOGY
Within a common framework, four Urban Mobility Labs and one Centre for Mobility Change will host one table each and give insights on their approaches tackling mobility issues on various spatial scales. The aspern.mobil LAB invites workshop participants to play the Seestadt (Lakecity) Design Game. thinkport VIENNA invites all participants to playfully design the “shopping city” of tomorrow on the basis of given problems.
The MOBILTY LAB Graz will present its Open Innovation Platform, on which so called idea challenges for its urban region are held. MobiLab OÖ will give an insight on their tools for ideation contests, showing the possibilities of design thinking methods complemented with gamification elements. The Centre for Mobility Change (CMC) elaborates playfully potential answers for the question ‘how to enable people, institutions and last but not least politics in order to reflect and consequently adopt mobility behaviour’.
Lina MosshammerMobility Researcher
Lina Mosshammer (AustriaTech) is part of the business unit of mobility innovation. Originally a spatial planner she sets a focus on transportation system planning and mobility research. The support of the Austrian Mobility Labs as well as the Mobility Transformation Lab is a key element within her work.
Ewa KlossUrban Planner
Ewa Kloss is part of StadtLABOR - Innovationen für urbane Lebensqualität GmbH. As urban planner she has experience in designing participation processes in urban and rural development projects. Leading a campaign for bicycle-friendly cities in 14 countries in Europe she developed several event formats and connected stakeholders and decision makers to establish a cooperation between citizens and public authorities to create cities for people.
Marlene Wagner (aspern.mobil LAB) is trained as an architect and has gained excessive experience working and researching in developing environments with focus on cross-cultural and transdisciplinary design-build practice. She is part of the aspern.mobil LAB and the research-group MDUR - Multidisciplinary Design and User Research at the Vienna Technical University focussing on experimental participatory methods, co-creation, collective knowledge production and the set-up of an sustainably active research community.
Michael Habiger (aspern.mobil LAB) is experienced in the conception, application and evaluation of user-centered methods. A strong focus lies on participatory approaches exploring user contexts, needs and requirements in order to develop design proposals and tailored technological solutions.
Julia NermuthProject Staff
Julia Nermuth (thinkport VIENNA) is project staff at the Institute for Production Economics and Logistics at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna. She holds a bachelor in environment and bio-resources management and focused on regional development during her master studies.
Ursula KoppLandscape Architect
Ursula Kopp (MobiLab OÖ) was trained a landscape architect, and holds a general MBA and an MSc in conflict resolution. She worked as a project manager, evaluator, and as a facilitator in the context of sustainable development at the Vienna University of Business Administration for more than 10 years. Since 2016 she is member of the MobiLab OÖ Team at the University of Applied Science in Upper Austria, focussing on innovation processes and methods, such as design thinking.
Alpine Transport Expert
Stephan TischlerAlpine Transport Expert
Stephan Tischler (Center of Mobility Change) is an expert in the area of alpine transport, spatial development and economic analysis of transport infrastructure projects. He was leading the transport planning department at ILF Consulting Engineers Austria for more than 10 years. In late summer 2018 he was assigned to the University of Innsbruck, Institute of Infrastructure in Austria as Senior Scientist and works in parallel as an independent consultant for urban and regional planning. He is elected representative of Innsbruck’s urban district Igls, Environmental Ombudsman of the Tyrolean regional authority and advisor to regional and local communities.
Mobility Innovation Senior Expert
Doris WiederwaldMobility Innovation Senior Expert
Doris Wiederwald (AustriaTech) holds a master in environmental system sciences and is senior expert for mobility innovation and mobility policy with AustriaTech. With nearly two decades of experience in regional and spatial development as well as in the field of innovative and sustainable mobility she now supports the five Austrian Urban Mobility Labs as well as the Mobility Transformation Lab in their implementation, in knowledge transfer and in their strategic embedding in national and international networks.