What Is in Store for Us?
Driverless Vehicles in the Urban Environment

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MAK FUTURE LAB, in cooperation with AVENUE21, TU Wien and the AustriaTech, invite you to a panel discussion.

If we are talking about driverless vehicles, we are implying far more than merely self-driving. With the concept of autonomy, we are endowing devices with agency, because we are according them (a certain amount of) freedom. A privilege that we human beings are loath to grant other living creatures. When these robots leave the factory floor and locomote on streets and squares, it also means that they are laying claim to a place in the valued space which has always been understood to be the stage of public life. How can we imagine cities of the future with these actors?

Amelie Klein, Curator Hello, Robot.
Mathias Mitteregger, Project Lead, AVENUE21, TU Wien
Graham Parkhurst, Professor of Sustainable Mobility, UWE Bristol
Martin Russ, Managing Director, AustriaTech, bmvit
Katja Schechtner, Innovation Agent/Research Fellow, OECD/MIT Media Lab
Arjan van Timmeren, Scientific Director, AMS Institute, Amsterdam; Professor of Environmental Technology and Design, TU Delft

Wojciech Czaja, architectural journalist, university lecturer at the University of Applied Arts Vienna

Location: MAK Columned Main Hall
Free admission


Urban mobility is about to fundamentally change. The autonomous car, the icon of this change, however far in the future it still might be, will move the center of our self-centered worlds, thereby changing society and our built environment.
AVENUE21 is a two-year research project at the future.lab, TU Wien. Funded by the Daimler and Benz foundation, an interdisciplinary team of researchers, including architectural theory, urban development and planning, mobility studies, and sociology explores the effects autonomous cars could have in European cities.

The MAK FUTURE LAB is a creative laboratory founded by the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art. Through workshops, lectures, panel discussions, and other formats the MAK FUTURE LAB generates interdisciplinary contributions to a humane shaping and utilization of Digital Modernity. It positions design, architecture, and fine art as driving forces of socially, ecologically, culturally, and economically sustainable market economy models. Through diverse cooperations, it networks these creative sectors with the fields of science, research, business, and politics. The MAK FUTURE LAB aspires to develop both holistic orientation models and strategies for the commons inspired by such models, as well as concrete, innovative business ideas for the future.


TUE, 27.06. / 19:00



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