Studio 2: Cooper Hewitt Museum: ‘The Road Ahead: Re-imagining Mobility’

The Road Ahead: Re-imagining Mobility


The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility presents 40 design projects inspired by the technologies that will change how we move people, goods, and services in the future. With the rapid convergence of data and design innovation, cities are becoming smarter, and transport options are multiplying. The Road Ahead encourages visitors to creatively consider how droids, bots, drones, and more can make streetscapes safer, transportation more equitable, and cities more sustainable. Arup, MIT, Höweler + Yoon, Toyota, IDEO, and Waymo are among the cutting-edge research institutions, designers, and manufacturers whose works and ideas are featured in the exhibition, which also includes a college design showcase highlighting innovative concepts from design’s next generation. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.



This is a Public Square. It was designed byFXCollaborative Architects and made for (as the client) Driverless Future Challenge. It is dated 2017.

Public Square reclaims road space as useful public space for pedestrians. A range of interlocking plug-and-play modules allows for a range of uses—from retail stands to gardens—enabling cities and communities to reimagine their streets and incrementally transform the city. Replacing just 5% of on-street parking in New York City would add the green space equivalent of one new Central Park. The modules reduce heat retention and storm-water runoff, which is critically important as cities face unprecedented storm events.

Acrylic, foam, foam board, paper
Floor and wall diagrams
Digital prints
Video: Public Square
3:06 minutes
Produced by FXCollaborative with Sam Schwartz Engineering and Mental Canvas



This is a Wireless Charging Pads. It was designed byWAVE (Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification). It is dated 2012. Its medium is resin, plastic, copper, ferrite, electronics.

Reducing dependency on carbon-emitting vehicles and the widespread use of electric public transit requires changes to existing urban infrastructure. Streets are prime real estate for embedding smart technology systems, including wireless charging along bus routes like the Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) charging pad. Designed to be mounted unobtrusively on both the underside of a bus and flush within the road pavement, the WAVE system is currently being used in several cities.

It is credited Courtesy of WAVE and Utah State University.



This is a Hyperloop One. It was designed by Virgin Hyperloop One. It is dated 2014–present. Its medium is digital prints.

Virgin Hyperloop One is prototyping an ultra-fast, on-demand, affordable, fully electric mass transportation system. It is designed to deliver airline speeds connecting cities in minutes, as if they were metro stops, for a ticket price less than the cost of gas to drive the same distance. The passenger/cargo pod’s high speeds are attained by magnetic levitation (maglev) and propulsion along an enclosed low-pressure tube. Cleaner and quieter than current mass transit, it is designed to be built on columns or tunneled to safely avoid intersections.

Section Diagram
Route Estimator Map
Video: The Virgin Hyperloop One System
2:30 minutes
It is credited Courtesy of Virgin Hyperloop One.



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