There are a couple of wonderful things about the exhibition at the Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto, MOVE: The Transportation Expo. The first is the venue, in an amazing bit of industrial archaeology, repurposed into public space, farmers markets and the Centre for Green Cities. (See a slideshow of it here)
The second is the presentation, in between and inside the kilns where they used to make the bricks that built Toronto. Most exhibit spaces are neutral and white; here they have mounted the exhibits between pipes and gears and the rusted remains of the brick making equipment. It is brilliantly done.
Then there is the actual exhibition content, described as:
MOVE: The Transportation Expo is a multi-sensory tour of the past, present and future of transportation; an exploration of the innovative ideas and technologies needed to build and connect our communities in efficient and sustainable ways.
A series of challenges were assigned at the Institute without Boundaries last fall, and groups of designers worked through the winter to prepare the exhibits. Some of the responses are brilliant, opening a visitor's eyes to a completely different way of looking at transportation.
How can we revolutionize the auto industry?
I was an advisor to one group last November, looking at the future of the automotive industry and the reinvention of the car. It was an exhilarating experience, watching such talented designers and consultants at work. (see Beyond the Car: Envisioning a New "Sustainable Mobility Vehicle"
In the spring a model of the vehicle they came up with was built; See Beyond The Car: PAT Is An Autonomous, Shared Vision of The Future of Transportation
The websites for the exhibition are a bit thin on the content, but the video below gives a great summary:
How can we encourage active transportation in the suburbs?
Then there is the alternative to the fancy new car of the future, and that is adapting our cities to make them really comfortable and safe for bikes.
The Low Carb charrette team was tasked with reimagining transportation infrastructure in the suburbs, and finding creative ways to reduce car dependency and encourage active, sustainable and healthy transportation alternatives for residents of all ages.
How do we move people and products in the megaregions of the future?
This one was really interesting, going way beyond the challenge and taking in much of the United States.
Charrette participants were asked to propose a holistic and multi-modal shipping and transportation system for the growing Quebec City-Windsor corridor. They returned with a much larger proposal that not only connects the Canadian corridor, but integrates it within the Great Lakes region that includes major economic centres in the United States. The charrette team renamed this the “Gigaregion,” and calculated that with a combined GDP of $7.1 trillion (2010), this area has the second largest economy in the world. The Toronto region is positioned as the natural gateway for the Gigaregion.
I could go on through the other seven challenges; see them all here. More on the Move Transportation Expo , and there is a great series of lectures that relate to the show