EGA scenarios for future streets
ERIK GIUDICE ARCHITECTURE

FUTURE STREETS
Digitalization, the smart city and policies for a more socially, ecologically and culturally sustainable urban environment are a few factors changing the way we look upon streets. These 6 scenarios might influence the future of our streets.
 
1. The cultural super-efficient street
The only thing we know about the future is that the history will remain and influence it. 
We can assume that all the functions of mobility we know will merge, just as functions always have done historically. What happens when private cars also become public transportation, when your shoes potentially drive quicker than the car and drones and robotics deliver your groceries to your door?
 
We could assume that future transportation will become less space demanding, more sustainable and more efficient, potentially leaving more space on the streets for culture, where the local inhabitants are seen in the public space together, face to face.
 
2. The ecosystem bike corridor
In the context of policies for more sustainable urbanism we are already seeing streets where cars are replaced by bikes, pedestrians and more green spaces. One example is Antwerp that recently put out 1,8 million euro on what they call “garden streets” 
 
3. The weather optimized street
As we are dealing with questions of climate change, new solutions of how to use our outdoor streets even though the weather is unpleasant is emerging. This includes ideas for water management, wind protections, heating opportunities, rain protection or cooling.
 
4. The digital street
What is the difference of your web address and your real address? With augmented reality the way we perceive streets will radically change. What happen to the flow of traffic if your working place is online? What will happen to the shopping street as the online experience gets better? Is it right to assume that we will mostly travel short and long distance? Making high speed traveling and walking the standard? 
 
5. The authentic, digital free street
We all know that smartphones can be addictive, what would be the reaction if your smart city becomes addictive? Would people urge for spaces where reality is clear and the feeling of authenticity is key? The miss repudiated and forgotten suburb, might suddenly be the only place we didn't fill with planning mistakes. A place we suddenly urge for? 
 
6. The democratic street
Global policies for urban environments are heading in a direction of more democracy, intergenerational activities and inclusiveness. The car, that dominate streets today is exclusively used by people old enough to have a driving license, physically fit enough to drive a car and rich enough to get access to a car. Perhaps modes of transportation for less represented groups such as kids might be more represented in our future streets?
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