The Road Ahead:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York
– 31 March 2019
The exhibition “The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility” looks at mobility in the future and presents 40 projects on relevant technologies. How are we going to move? How will we transport goods? How will mobility services develop?
The exhibition gives visitors insights into the effects droids, bots, and drones can have. It also sheds light on how these developments could make streets barrier-free, safer or more sustainable.
The curators Cara McCarty (curatorial director of the museum), Cynthia E. Smith (curator for Socially Responsible Design), and Julie Pastor (curatorial assistant) also pose the most fundamental question of all: How do we want to live?
In addition to contemporary projects such as the immersive sound work “Sounds of the Future City” by the engineering firm Arup and the Starship Delivery Robot by Starship Technologies, historical works from the museum’s collection and the Smithsonian Design Library can also be seen, for example the concept drawing of an aircraft-like car from 1955 by General Motors.
Other exhibits come from Renault, Toyota and various MIT departments.