1. Designing Future Mobility

The general call for papers for EAD2013 states that "Design is a central field for practice and research in visioning and crafting the future - and facilitating changes that could lead to a better future." And it asks furthermore whether design's core activities (crafting, making, visualizing, and imagining) are blurred or have changed given the recent widening of design's scope of subject matters under grandiose labels such as "Design Thinking". No, they have not. Quite the contrary: These core activities have the unique potential to contribute to crafting the future through designing systems, businesses, social transformation, etc. Mobility design is a field where this claim can be illustrated and substantiated. The former confidence in the modern trajectories of technological and economic progress has been lost long ago. Preferred future states cannot be derived from ever deeper analysis of present states. Future states are the results of value- and power-related processes of negotiation and - above all - of design (thinking) processes. Scientific contributions are necessary but not sufficient for the development of future strategies. The notion of "crafting" as given in the general call seems to be essential in this context. There is nothing deterministic or mechanistic any more. There is a new level and new quality of knowledge-supported craft... The development of mobility and the modern notion of progress are closely interrelated. Mobility-related design is a prototypical field for applying and developing these new theoretical, methodological and practical approaches for crafting the future.

Possible topics:

- Urban Mobility as a global challenge
- Maritime Mobility as a new opportunity
- Less is more - the reduction of Mobility
- Narratives and scenarios of Future Mobility
- Mobility and Social Transformation
- Design Thinking and Mobility Design Research
- Transdisciplinarity in Mobility Design Research
- HMI in Mobility Design Research

A short biography of convenor

Wolfgang Jonas is professor for Designwissenschaft at Braunschweig University of Arts, Institute for Transportation Design. His research interests are design theory and design methods in a systemic perspective, systems thinking, scenario planning, research through design and their application in the fields of mobility and social transformation in general.
Email: jonasw@hbk-bs.de