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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
"injecting" a system of intelligent
environmental elements -"smart dots"
- 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 â
€œpixelatedâ€� urban landscape of
distributed functions, with no hard
borders between different street

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 "smart
dots," 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.
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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