Future mobility in rural areas
With this project, we want to focus on mobility in the rural areas and contribute to the development of new mobility solutions, that will benefit not only our municipalities and the people living there but rural areas all over the world.
Rural areas like Faaborg-Midtfyn have long distances and not always good access to - or between - different parts of the municipality. This complicates the citizens' possibilities of transportation to education and works as well as to local communities, which inhibit the municipality’s ability to attract new and resourceful citizens.
In a cooperation with the municipality of Faaborg-Midtfyn the Danish Design Centre wants to explore, how design can help to create value for citizens, increase the business's ability to innovate and raise the quality of the mobility solutions. We aim to develop and test new and significant initiatives within mobility, infrastructure and digitization for overcoming the mobility challenges of the municipality. We will do this in close collaboration with local forces and operators within the field.
Throughout the course of development, we will concentrate on inclusive design methods. The first phase of the project consisted of a preliminary analysis focusing on collecting knowledge and experiences from previous national and international mobility trials and a user involvement process to ensure that the future solutions origin from concrete, current and future mobility needs of the citizens.
By establishing a design-driven Mobility Camp we create a framework for developing and testing new, innovative solutions for the mobility challenges of rural areas. Local, national and international companies are invited to contribute with ideas, products, services and solutions focusing on developing mobility. The outcome of the development process during the Mobility Camp is a catalogue of initiatives for the municipality with a series of specific, customized solutions to their challenges.
Our ambition is, that an innovation project like this will lead to new concrete mobility solutions of the benefit for the people living in our smaller cities and local communities as well as contributing with new knowledge and new competencies to the municipality.
The project was launched with the conference Future Mobility on 27 June 2018 at the Danish Design Centre. The conference was a collaboration between the municipality of Faaborg-Midtfyn, the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization and the Danish Design Centre. At this event leading operators, businesses and experts within the field gathered to discuss central themes and megatrends.
Head of the project: Municipality of Faaborg-Midtfyn
Design advisor: Danish Design Centre
Contact: Cecilie Bang Schulze, Project Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org