Mi-Bay not the Highway

Car ownership and how we drive them is changing; with impending implications for our streets. Short-term leasing of cars is becoming commonplace and autonomous driving is certain to be introduced over the coming years – A likely scenario would see vehicles circulating and remaining mobile.

Our streetscape proposals respond to the inescapable impact of the future car and the unintended consequence of freeing our town and cityscapes.

In essence, mobility will become a service; car ownership will decline and subsequently the urban parking bay will become the new liberated space of the future.

We propose the community activates these redundant modular spaces through social enterprise. Harnessing the spirit of entrepreneurialism, access to and use of a former bay could empower individuals to create niche businesses or social initiatives.

Emancipated bays would enable a new flexible, technology-led, crowd-sourced type of community space or marketplace.

A dedicated App called Mi-Bay would provide a hive of information; helping sellers to select the most appropriate pitch and informing shoppers of the day’s concentrated market activity.

Smart technology and efficient interconnectivity will combine to constantly improve and adjust spaces to achieve an optimum location and spread. Kinetic street paving will collect crucial crowd-flow data for analysis whilst generating the energy needed for the spaces to function.

Dramatic changes in car usage are imminent, but are designers, developers and city planners addressing the implications within current designs for our future towns and cities?

Mi-Bay proposals were developed by Planit-IE in collaboration with Nexus Studios (Technology Consultant), Pritchard Themis (Lighting Designer), Civic Engineers (Consultant Engineers) and Produce UK (Placemaking Consultants).

Written by Antony Nelson, Project Landscape Architect