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The Autonomous Future of Mobility
Framed through the six themes of the upcoming Teaching Gallery exhibition, "The Autonomous Future of Mobility"—culture, signs, space, energy, speed, and autonomy—Assistant Professors of Architecture Constance Vale and Shantel Blakely will discuss the historical consequences and future potential of automobiles, infrastructure, and autonomous vehicle technology in the built environment. The conversation will focus on how these topics relate to the discipline of architecture as well as architectural education and practice. More specifically, using artworks from the collection of the Kemper Art Museum and Washington University Libraries, Blakely and Vale will touch on the car’s catastrophic legacy in generating crash fatalities, environmental and atmospheric damage, military conflicts, insufficiency of infrastructure, and economic injustice and segregation in cities. With this history in mind, they will also discuss how automobiles are changing in the shift toward autonomous driving, in both its promise to decrease emissions, congestion, and car accidents, and its perils in potential mass surveillance and attacks on artificial intelligence, offering a complex picture of the horsepower and political power that drive mass movement.

Nov 7, 2020 11:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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