An opportunity to co-design for a future with recommendations on evolving architecture, transportation and society. ArtCenter's Graduate Transportation Systems and Design program, along with the UCLA IDEAS graduate program looked at the iconic Sunset Strip in West Hollywood to envision what the future of smarter transportation (e.g. autonomous cars) and smarter systems could change about the Sunset Strip.
Approach
Look beyond the buzzwords and critically examine the site 
(What does it represent? What is the context?) and the way
interactions amongst people and objects occurs today in 
mobility, technology and social life.
Why?
To understand how new technologies could impact our lives,
it is important to understand implications of past technologies
and how we naturalized to their effects.
How?
Through speculative design, we identified the contextual characteristics 
about Sunset Strip, West Hollywood and came up with design principles 
to explore futures of our society. Next Nature's work "Society of Simulations" 
which described how micro-experiences on apps and online media 
are essentially simulations of reality that we consume daily, and how we find 
these simulations representations more meaningful than reality itself. 
The development of X-Reality technologies like VR, AR and MR are still in 
their nascent stage (Operational, as per Next Nature's Pyramid of Technology).
But in a few years, when these technologies infiltrate our daily lives (Invisible), 
we will be experiencing simulations at a much higher rate than today.

Exacerbating this trend into the future, we considered a counter-trend where there 
would be 'moments of respite, rebellion and protest' to these simulations.
Our minds, no matter how well designed the simulations are, will always find 
simulations to be just that, simulations. This would cause a yearning for reality. 
For such moments of yearning for 'the real', we envision how architecture 
and mobility can be a medium to achieve that.
Now that we have our urban edifices, how would mobility be able to weave through this context?
This project was featured in 2 exhibits at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York and A+D Museum, Los Angeles. Check it out here:

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