Designing Urban Futures

Future Vision
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Future Vision* is a tool to help communities to engage with disaster and resilience planning before disaster strikes.

Although much of our resilience planning and recovery measures are designed to come from larger federal and state institutions, there is much we can do at the local level to prepare ourselves. The more information and tools our cities and communities have ahead of time, the more resilient we become when natural hazards occur. Future Vision provides these tools, increasing community resilience to climate change by spreading information, awareness and civic collaboration in public transit hubs.

A series of modular add-ons to existing transportation hubs, Future Vision models become community outreach, data gathering, and planning tools that educate users about what’s going on in their areas, spreading the word about emergency plans, and asking for public feedback on how to improve those plans before major changes strike. Their presence creates a continual conversation about preparedness, vulnerability and options for response. Interactive panels are designed for a range of public transit contexts and locations, increasing the Future Vision user base exponentially.

In all models, interactive touch screens are embedded within modular furniture, presenting & collecting information in ways that encourage physical interaction. Each type is designed to cultivate various degrees of social interaction according to available space & traffic patterns. “Gather” pieces -- designed for areas with more room -- provide pull out desks & seating to encourage more people to assemble & learn together. “Lean” pieces are for slightly smaller, more trafficked spaces, while “Screen” pieces are designed for highly crowded spaces. All models provide charge outlets & wifi, welcoming users to linger & absorb more information.

The Future Vision system is designed for deployment in transit hubs across the globe. Its five models are crafted for a range of transit spaces and types, creating learning and community gathering opportunities in a myriad of systems, in developed and developing countries alike. If a region has wifi access and an existing transit network, Future Vision can provide valuable resilience planning services. Local and national governing bodies are invited to deploy these models in their urban centers, retrofitting the digital education experiences where necessary to respect local language and cultural norms.

Future vision was a finalist in the 2017 Best Climate Practices Competition and the 2017 MIT Anticipating Climate Hazards Competition.