Intelligent mobility solutions will determine the quality of life in the metropolises of the future. In this context, focus is increasingly shifting towards stationary traffic. If we want to revitalise urban space, we have to re-think parking. Architect Marcel Heller of Heller Designstudio has developed a visionary approach to the flexible use of parking space on behalf of WÖHR Autoparksysteme. At a workshop of the MUNICH NEXT LEVEL innovation network, the architect presented the modular Quartiers-Hub to the public for the first time. Based on a space-saving automatic system, this neighbourhood hub turns the parking garage, from once repelling parking facility, into an attractive neighbourhood centre. Heller sees Munich as the ideal city for a pilot project.
To this day, parking has usually been an annoying and unpleasant issue for cities as most people primarily associate it with long searches for suitable roadside slots – which in turn block urban open spaces and thus represent a major detriment to urban space. And if stationary traffic is to disappear from the urban landscape in future, it becomes inevitable to think about how we want to integrate stationary vehicles into everyday urban life in future. Heller is convinced that there are better solutions than space-guzzling on-street parking bays or resource-intensive underground garages with long underground passages.
Integrating Parking Space, Revitalising Neighbourhoods – a Visionary Approach to Two Central Urban Development Challenges
Even if owning a car will play an ever smaller role in tomorrow’s big cities – car sharing, eScooters and eBikes will continue to require space. Space is a scarce resource in metropolises though. Competition for circulation areas will furthermore intensify in future. If cities want to remain fit for the future, they consequently must re-think parking.
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