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Hubs and new / inter mobilities

Project leader : LIAT – ENSAM

Rotterdam Central Station – moving walkway for bicycles (Photo © LIAT)

The research addresses the current major upheaval in mobility practices and its effects on urban organization and projects, especially hubs and exchange poles. At the core of the work is a reflection on the modalities of transfer: the goal of transforming the feeder-­‐transfer experience into  a  continuous journey requires the conception of spaces capable of integrating all “new mobilities”. The hub heralds the global evolutions of sustainable movement cities. In the society of exchange, the intermodality of modes of communication emerges as a decisive challenge in the conception of urban architectural projects.

No transport system can single handedly become a complete substitute for the existing configuration(s). Consequently, links, articulations, intermodality and interoperability need to be considered in the context of the multiplicity and entirety of an individual’s movements. In  the  near  future,  over  thirty  different modes of transport and their different practices might coexist at hubs. These facilities bear a relationship with  a  variety  of  spaces  and  they  bring  a  new  spatial  complexity  to  all  interchanges  and  hubs.  Such “spaces of access”, already identified in our Door-­‐to-­‐door research1, can be of any scale: from parking areas for carsharing services and electric vehicle charging  stations  which  will  gradually  accommodate other transport modes and services, to the intermodal metropolitan hub.

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1-pdfExecutive summary    
 1-pdfFinal Report
Metis (1) Book : Project Hub. The architecture of new mobilities published by Metis Presses 
2-websitelogo malaquais light website