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2018 - 2019 Autumn Semester

Faculty of Art, Design and ArchitectureDesign


The course aims to observe how future technologies can be reflected into the configurations between man and machine in the context of cognitive sensations, spatial perceptions and imaginary emotions according to mobility patterns and tools. During the studies, the biotic relation between man and machine envisaged in accordance with the future city paradigm will be assessed. Furthemore, to propose anthropoid-like relation with future mobility tools will take place in conjunction with life needs, urge of movement, speed and form. Parallel to the future studies, projects will be focusing on the analysis of the contemporary transportation networks as habitats, artificial infrastructures and organism and embracing the interrelations and qualities of vehicles concerning the interactions with inhabitants. The process will be exploring a collaborative expression and synergistic scope together with emotional experiences and sensorial comprehensions to provoke a deep reflection on new forms of future mobility.

The Art of Mobility is a subtopic of the course. During the course, students will dissolve their artistry into one another at close range while exploring abstract landscapes and forms of future mobility. Students will be responsible for documenting and presenting the design process in the final proposal and facilitate different communication tools and methods where necessary.

Future Mobility is a survey course that is based on theoretical lectures given by the instructor and individual applied projects that are asked to create from students. The students are expected to attend the classes regularly, take their own notes and participate in discussions and applied project classes. Final evaluation is based on attendance (%20) and the grades of midterm (%40) and final exams and applied project considerations (%40).

COURSE SCHEDULE - 3 hours per week

(Applied project review per pro each week)

Week Subject

1 The technological and socio-cultural progresses towards future mobility.
2 The cross section between mobility, architecture and city platform.
3 Sensuous and semiotic norms among mobility and architecture.
4 Movement and morphological perception of man.
5 The transformation of human-to-machine interfaces.
6 Future city paradigm, seameless transition between space and movement.
7 The environmental and global issues of future transportation.

8 Midterm exam

9 Semantic content between city, road and natural flow.
10 The fundamental principles of form, function and structure in vehicle design.
11 Motion as the pro-thesis of space; new determinants of urban space.
12 An unavoidable and irrepressible gratification; the speed as phenomenon.
13 Mobile Revolution; The city itself as an utopian place.
14 Pro-Activating ''The Life On The Move'' concept.
15 No class (Design Presentation Week).

Final exam


New technologies and needs are redefining the vehicle architecture as well as transforming cars into digital era in terms of better human-to-machine interfaces for new mobility experiences. This course is intended to discover new transportation paradigms to achieve what additional functions vehicles might have to promote mobility for people in the future. Therefore, the course describes an innovative vision for the interaction between man and machine to transforms vehicles into architectural units to allow people better reflect their senses and feelings in their comfort zone. The experimental diagnostic of the course intends to reflect future life configurations and patterns to create a better connection between mobiliy and architecture to attach people more to the vehicles both physically and psychologically in a spatial manner.

Apart from the idea of existing vehicle typologies designed by built-in mindset, the formula will be to blend the vehicles and their functionality into maximum customization, better adaptation and improved integration between man and machine by considering vehicles not only as mechanical but also sensuous and semiotic architypes. Studies will be assessed in the context of open platforms based on variable, modular, transformable, transmorphable, programmable, flexible, adaptable design aspects to transform the vehicle around user’s needs per pro the accessibility to spend more time with things that matter. Furthermore, a step change in material construction will be consequential for the final result, blurring the boundary between vehicle interior and exterior as well as virtual and physical spaces to create natural and intuitive experiences for users.

During the course, intending new type of vehicle architecture through new design methodologies such as modularity, adjustability and flexibility together with self- transformation, self-healing, self-programming and self-shaping material constitutions will be evaluated to adapt vehicle’s morphology to various needs of users; still or in motion. For the final result, together with new morphological norms, pro-activating the "life on the move" concept will demonstrate how future trasportation context will be better transforming the everyday lives per pro the vital cross section between vehicle, architecture and city platform to monitor human senses, feelings and patterns. The course is also intended to provide new structural and symbolic typologies as well as aesthetic values of future vehicles and seeking to bring the outside in much like an organic way to empower users interactions with surroundings.


1. Introduction the structures of vehicle design by using a multidisciplinary approach such as architecture, urban design, material engineering, ergonomics, product design and performance with environmental sustainability and social awareness; also paying attention to technological and production constraints.

2. Embracing the design development process into new experiential concepts, redefining architectural structures of vehicles and moving forward with new criteria for efficiency and future responsibilities.

3. Parallel to the theoretical and conceptual training, studio projects are organized into design concepts and their refinement up to digital modelling.

4. Exploring the micro-macro mobility systems responding to the new city typologies by bringing today’s transportation and vehicle design paradigm into the question to interpret environmental issues, global economic manners and the new social structures.

5. Observing new progressive transportation concepts that serve to challenge of the future mobility scenarios where cars are no longer the must-have actors.

6. Raising awareness and sensitivity towards the context and expanding the abilities to choose appropriate design research methods to utilize for a considered abstract.


1. Awareness of transferring a research and analysis methodology that can be applied to various projects following the based activities in vehicle and transportation design.

2. Acquaintance with the different steps required during the process such as hypothetical discussions, debrief and project conceptualization gained through case studies of future mobility scenarios, design evolutions, analysis focused on social structures, art, architectural inspirations in the widest sense.

3. Reflecting the knowledge of transportation design history and its evolutions complementary to theoretical and design practice by focusing on design methodologies, vehicle architecture, technological developments that resulting from the broader evolutions of the mobility systems and particularly in car culture.

4. Helping students to think freely, beyond the constraints and transfer the idea of a result-driven process into a conceptual project where time management and a continuous progression are the keys.

5. Practicing structuring the project and choosing and applying a variety of presentation techniques; which may include collages, diagrams, storyboards, prototypes, simulations, video, photography and so on.

6. Flexibility to question any given or existed typology and incorporate the outcome into the research process not just for the final project.

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Presented works in order:
H.Furkan Şenoğlu, Rümeysa Akyol, Selin Tüysüz, Talha Uçar, Fatih Eken