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Mobility of the future


The Netherlands


Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat, Rijkswaterstaat WVL, Mobiliteitsbeweging


September 2021 - December 2021


Floris van der Zee, Bart Claassen, Basia van Rijt, Frank de Boer, Floor Riensema


Vision on transition towards sustainable mobility systems






Short movie EGO vs. ECO (NL)

Major changes are taking place in the field of mobility at this moment, but still the future of a mobility transition and its consequences are largely unknown. ‘De Mobiliteitsbeweging’ (The Mobility Movement) is an initiative that focusses on mobility challenges and its complex relationships with an increasing number of social issues. The movement generates new narratives for a mobility of the future by exploring possibilities to think different, look different and ultimately act different.


BURA was invited to help visualise possible transition paths towards sustainable mobility systems.

As part of a group of five Dutch design offices from different disciplinary backgrounds we participated in a research by design trajectory to develop new perspectives.


BURA created a short movie to critically inspire ways of looking at mobility issues intertwined with larger societal challenges and developments in cities. The results of this collective research by design trajectory are part of a journey initiated by Rijkswaterstaat, University of Amsterdam (Marco te Brömmelstroet) and UUM (Edwin van Uum).


The short movie made by BURA is inspired by the development and continuous transformation of the Wibautstraat in Amsterdam. An animated section and plan show the changes in space, organisation and use over the course of time from the once railway yard to the current city boulevard and beyond.


The way to a sustainable future is not a paved path. Technological and societal developments have always changed and influenced our mobility systems. The story uses the values of ECO and EGO to show the dynamics at play, representing the relationship between nature, mankind and the making of our urban environments. Can we put a more ECO-centric perspective central in our way of living, or are we moving the other way? What if one of these values is dominant? Does that show a future we desire, or does it develop into a dystopia?


About De Mobiliteitsbeweging:

The movement is a growing network of diverse parties on national, regional and local scale(s) related to the domain of mobility, including the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Rijkswaterstaat and the five Metropolitan Regions.


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