Visions for the city of the future ... what if

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Aachen 2040+ scenarios by students from the Chair of Urban Design at RWTH Aachen University in the OecherLab

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What if there were only self-driving cars, buses and trains in our cities, if the production of vegetables, fruit or the breeding of fish no longer took place outside the urban centres but right around the corner from me in the city, if more and more everyday processes and areas such as logistics, trade, mobility or resource management were based on digital technologies - what would such cities look like and how would we live in them?

Everyday life is becoming more and more digital, leading to changes in many areas of life in urban society. The transformation of cities into smart cities, in the sense of integrated and sustainable urban development, is advocated in many places and understood as an opportunity to use the possibilities of digitalisation in a targeted and forward-looking way. But what does it mean for the design of our living spaces when municipal infrastructures such as energy, buildings, transport or water are linked with information and communication technologies? How do digital technologies affect urban planning measures?

The exhibition is dedicated to future scenarios by students of the Chair of Urban Design at RWTH Aachen University who are looking at Aachen in 2040+. The focus is on projects that deal with sustainable, resource-saving and demand-oriented ideas for liveable urban spaces. It will also take a look at the interactions between urban development and the digital transformation in everyday life. How autonomous vehicles or aquaponics could affect the design and planning of urban neighbourhoods or what possibilities this creates for urban development to promote lively neighbourhoods or bring more greenery into the city can be seen at OecherLab from 11 January to 19 February 2022. Topics such as mobility, production and trade, energy and resources will be examined from an urban planning perspective and show a small sample of the diverse challenges and tasks that future urban planners and architects will face in their exchange with urban society.

 

Interactive walk Dahmengraben


The team around the startup cityscaper from Aachen developed a 3D model from Niklas Büchner's student work, which brings future visions of the Dahmengraben to life directly on site using the augmented reality app. In his idea, Niklas Büchner visualizes an example of what a smart city center of the future could look like. Among other things, intelligent traffic technology, mixed usage concepts, sustainable building, revitalization of the street space, for example through maker spaces for the revitalization of sleeping inner cities, play an important role.


Click here for the app for the interactive walk to the Dahmengraben in downtown Aachen

  1. Download app
  2. Walk to the Dahmengraben
  3. Open app
  4. View OecherLab project >>> Activate GPS (if not already activated) >>>View project in AR
  5. Walk along the street to the end
 
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Dates

11th of January to 19th of February 2022

Period

Mondays to Fridays from 11 am to 6 pm

Thursday Special

How autonomous vehicles or aquaponics could affect the design and planning of urban neighbourhoods or what possibilities this creates for urban development to promote lively neighbourhoods or bring more green into the city can be seen at the OecherLab until 19 February 2022. Sustainable, resource-saving and demand-oriented ideas for liveable urban spaces will be presented. The student designs particularly highlight the interactions between urban development and digital change in everyday life.

As part of the exhibition, there will be two more Long Thursdays in February, on which the exhibition will be open until 9 pm. Guests will give a brief introduction to the exhibition's theme. Students from the department will also be on hand to present their designs and visions.

Further information on the programme and dates can be found here

Venue

Kapuzinerkarree/OecherLab, Kapuzinergraben 19D, 52062 Aachen, Germany

 

Corona Notes

The 2G rule applies to entering the event areas, both indoors and outdoors: 

Other requirements: 
1. wearing a medical mask
2. observance of the minimum distance (1.5 m)