• Design Sprint 2017

    Germany is at the forefront of the transition towards clean energy. This also includes the transition from vehicles with gas engines to full electric vehicles. Thus, as the future will not only be autonomous and connected, but also green, we were keen to host one of our Sprints in Berlin. Fittingly, we hosted the Berlin Design Sprint at the EUREF Campus, Berlin’s urban laboratory for the energy transition (“Energiewende”). The three sites explored in Berlin were: The Schlossstrasse in Steglitz, a main thoroughfare with retail malls on either side of the street; the Friedrichstrasse in Mitte, a major road that includes a tram line and is located in one of Berlin’s business districts; and the Hufelandstrasse, a residential neighbourhood characterized by side-street parking and cobblestones. The ideas for these sites ranged from the introduction of a road pricing mechanism that takes into account the socio-economic status of drivers to a system where street lanes are digitally opening and closing according to user demand.