Parkx competition – Designing for a driverless future

Parking spaces are nothing more than a paradox. It’s a parcel of land that’s so vacant but so crucial that drive how city is perceived and functions. It’s a common reality how building plans are only approved with adequate or surplus units of these vacant spaces. It’s no surprise our cities look like more of parking and less of life in any time soon. This shows how parking spaces have Zero function but have a very inflated value associated to them.

But something’s about to that will surely alienate their presence in the coming decades. A future of driving where people not driving is closer than ever. The two parameters that drive this massive shift in auto industry are: 1. Autonomous driving – Which enables cars to behave like hyper accurate machines that have surgical precision on street and 2. Transportation as a Service – Shifting in ownership modes of cars are showing signs of decline where people are realizing services like Uber and Lyft are a cheaper alternative to things.

Assume a situation – the city becomes like a huge mega skyscraper – vast in expanse. So vast; that only lifts get you across the floor above. The zero ownership of transportation is a scenario when transportation across the city is so smooth – that nobody has to own cars and cars roam around the city like lifts reaching various levels on a skyscraper. And as decreasing ownership approaches – the thought comes to what will happen to so much human centric parking available around the world?

Will there be dead spaces of nothingness? Will these make our cities unsafe? There will be a new kind of parking spaces rolled out for self-driving cars that will not need light, or natural ventilation – while cars can be stored underground/above ground through narrow lifts. These unusually large parking spaces will create zero functional activity and we will have a surplus of land back at us again.

As the transportation industry today is becoming way too uncertain, it is logical to ask how will a future with self-driving cars would possibly look like? There is a tremendous motion to fix this massive problem, as entire world is designed for driver led cars, but no single point where to begin.

The design problem: Repurpose an existing parking space in a possible future when it gets completely abandoned because of driverless cars. How will the unlocked space contribute again to the society? How will this functionless parking of unprotected land will create new value for the city? Source and images Courtesy of competitions.uni.

  • Timeline
  • Launch on Jan 3rd 2020
  • Registration closes: May 19th 2020
  • Submission Deadline: May 29th 2020
  • Public Voting begins: Jun 9th 2020
  • Public Voting ends: Jun 30th 2020
  • Result Announcement: Jul 8th 2020
  • Prizes
  • Prize pool of worth 20,000$
  • First Prize: 5000$ (For students and professionals)
  • Runner Up: 6 x 1100$ (For students and professionals)
  • People’s Choice: 4 x 600$ (Open for all)
  • Honorable Mention x 12: 500$ Each

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