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Smart DOTS + Soft MOBS with
SOFT Blimp Bumper Bus
NY 2028 Environmental Mobility

Credits: Mitchell Joachim, KARV:
Aurel von Richthofen, Lydia
Kallipoliti and Matt Cunningham ,
Fred James, Maria Aiolova.

Smart DOTS is a radical strategy for
rethinking the crossroad by â
€œinjectingâ€� a system of
intelligent environmental elements -â
€œsmart dotsâ€�- that can spread
out from the core to the periphery,
reorganizing the streetscape. The
design scheme is a critique of the
hard boundaries that the automobile
inflicts to the function of the
streetscape, where people are forced
to move around cumbersome barriers
and often dangerous metal cars.  Our
future street is a soft, gradient field: a
“pixelated� urban landscape
of distributed functions, with no hard
borders between different street
occupancies.

Soft MOBS invokes a new
technological and material
arrangement for adapting cars to
cities in pliable organized
movements -“soft mobs,�-
while it also suggests the use of softer
vehicles where users can be in direct
contact with the street. While
architects and urban designers mostly
take cars as given, and are content to
design streets and public spaces
around car movement, here we
challenge and reverse of this well-
worn assumption.

The design is organized in three
phases 2008, 2020 and 2028
respectively. In Phase 2008, we
suggest to take minor design
interventions as immediate safety
measurements against continual
conflicts of pedestrians with
automobiles. Phase 2020, signals a
transition period, where car lanes are
narrowed, pedestrian zones are
widened, bicycle bollards are
introduced with new car technology
and gentle congestion.  Already in
Phase 2020, we are suggesting the
placement of environmental â
€œsmart dots,â€� or green modules
that filter rainfall, greywater, and at
the same time, slow down traffic
separating smoothly walking zones,
bicycles and transportation zones.
Phase 2028 is the future embodied in
“pixelated� surfaces, gradient
green zones, and living self-sufficient
machines that provide their own
energy, generating electricity
through air movement. In the future,
giant benevolent air-cleansing
blimps dangle tentacles to collide
spongy seats in a playful catch-and-
release plan for people moving about
town. All life is enveloped in a
sentient ecology of street, mobile
systems, and people.

While the proposal is specifically
tailored for the Ninth & Fourth
intersection in Brooklyn, it signals a
new vision for the city, crystallizing
images of civilization reinventing
itself. Smart DOTS and Soft MOBS
may function as a prototypical
strategy for inserting soft plazas in
various street intersections. We can
rethink the city as whole by making
nodal changes that may grow to
infiltrate the rigid grid that we
currently live in.
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PUBLICATIONS
SOFT Blimp Bumper Bus: These blimps scoop passengers up "on the fly" in soft hanging
chairs.  Jumping off is a pinch, because they move less then 15 mph and float seats only
inches above the ground.  This constant densely packed motion increases traffic
efficiency by almost 30 percent.
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