Studio Lead: Simon Curlis

Trams Old and New Hungary
Curlis, Simon 2019 Trams

Studio times:
Monday 11:30 – 14:30 &
Wednesday  11:30 – 14:30 

This studio poses the problem that COVID-19 has brought to people using public transport (PT) during the Pandemic and in reintegrating to work after we start to head back to our offices. (1)

In a city like Melbourne with increased use of Public Transport to accommodate various user, we want to tease out the issues of disruptions due to economic, public health or environmental considerations.

The volume of PT users has steadily increased to meet (and exceed) capacity, social distancing in enclosed vehicles poses some issues for passengers, security and public behaviour and notions of equity and fairness. When we consider this in relation to employers’ notions of work efficiency, flexible work places, hours and modes of engagement, we can imagine and visualise a more agile flexible and adaptable network of passenger planning engagement. (2)

Business as usual (BAU) is dead, the radical revision can be rethought and re-imagined in this moment, work hours can change, even ways of paying and entering the network can change and potential problems of congestion can be addressed in innovative ways.

Trains and trams have dramatic limitations for public social-distancing as discussed by Dr Elliot Fishman (3). The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) is advocating for increase in Busses to manage the volume responsibly (4). City bikes have failed in yellow and blue, but been reborn in red in Melbourne (5). Bicycle Network Victoria is advocating for increased personal cycling (6), while E scooters are being called for and finding barriers to entry in Australia (7).

This studio will tease out the events and effects of 2020 and the possibilities of rebuilding our Products Services and Systems to accommodate an city emerging into a social distanced reality.

Our agenda is to design a manageable future for personal mobility in a post pandemic Melbourne that can be sustained through a return to BAU and to revolutionising transport through this disruptive moment. The Studio will visualise the future casting and visualising a speculative reality that we dare Local government and public to ignore.

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