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Cross-College Research Symposium: Transformation – Arts <> Cities <> Mobility <> Products <> Services <> Technology

4 July 2019 | 9.30am – 3.30pm

Senior Common Room, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU


We are very excited to announce our Research Symposium: Transformation – Arts <> Cities <> Mobility <> Products <> Services <> Technology.

We are witnessing a shift in global context with societies and technologies changing at an ever-increasing pace. Design disciplines are transforming as the focus changes from making things to considering the essential aspects of being human, such as emotion and experience, ethics and the global environmental impact of design. Mobility design, which provides and optimises modes of travel plays a key role in everyday life, linking everyone from different fields and impacting on several areas including the economy, environment, lifestyle, mental wellbeing, politics and production.

Our symposium will tackle the most imminent challenges posed at a time when the highest percentage of the population is living in cities. The issue of moving around in cities cannot be simply solved by transportation specialists, there is a need for global interdisciplinary expertise and insights from all sectors of our society.

The transformation of cities has partly been driven by the adoption of technologies and applications such as artificial intelligence, open data, autonomous navigation, high-speed telephony and integrated personal devices. Art and design are interpreting and providing solutions in a unique way. New concepts are starting to be imagined and tested, such as the sharing economy, circular services and expanding the scope of designing for disabilities to better serve the whole population. Mobility as a means of travel or moving around in the city is an inspiring topic for all, and a medium to synthesise and create interdisciplinary experiences bringing science, design and other fields together.

The symposium’s themes include:

City and society:

  • Transforming cities and changing societies – how cities can be an ideal habitat for all.
  • Physical and social mobility in relation to infrastructural challenges, urban design and planning.

Creative methods:

  • Creative thinking and service provision – engaging and empowering communities for positive transformation of their living and transport experiences.  
  • Inclusive design – adaptation to, and adoption of, in order to change urban life and transportation.

Art, design and industry:

  • Critical engagement of city art and local crafts – improving inclusion and listening to community opinions and voices.
  • Information experience and communicative urban systems – immersive sonic environments; navigation and journeys; movement; body and space.   
  • Transforming the automotive industry, connecting people, space and mobility services in order to provide a better mobile life.

New models and technologies versus old systems:

  • Decentralising centralised production models, involving local communities and enabling operational changes.
  • Transforming transport systems, building new on the old.
  • Robotic mobility, the future potential of alternative types of mobility and transport methods. 

If you would like to attend the symposium please complete the registration form. For further information please email transformation@rca.ac.uk.


This symposium has been organised by the Intelligent Mobility Design Centre. For more information contact imdc@rca.ac.uk.