City Accelerator

Increasing speed by adaptability in the city

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Abstract

People travel more and more. And as cities grow, and travel in the cities increases, we need to find new solutions to enable people’s need to travel while avoiding congestion. Travel speed increases with new vehicle technologies. But what if not only vehicles, but also the city itself could get us faster from starting point to destination? How can the city achieve a decrease of our travel time? City Accelerator investigates tools to reduce travel time in the city. And even though the tools were developed to reduce travel time, they could be used in a different way to optimize other elements of the city as well. The tools are generic and could be applied to any city or building. City Accelerator uses different scale levels of the city of Rotterdam as case studies to test these tools. The main hypothesis of the City Accelerator is: the more adaptable the city, the lower the travel time. City Accelerator tests the impact of each tool and the impact of the level of adaptivity on travel time in the city. What would the accelerated city and life in the accelerated city look like? To enable adaptability, the City Accelerator tests the use of new construction technologies and specifies the requirements for vehicles in these cities. It also reflects on people’s independence to move through the city: can we travel on our own or do we need new technologies to help us travel?