Future City #3
Rise of Commons Economy
Un-Commons is a socially inclusive city, embedded with open technologies. Things are no longer owned privately and lose their commercial value. Commercial brands start to fade away. Instead, the commons stands out and is integrated into the economy and everyday life. The government also transforms itself into a city-making facilitator, and commons guarantor.
City as Communal Resource
Therefore, Un-Commons is organised as a communal resource. With the help of digital platformisation, social communities are empowered to cooperate together for managing shared urban assets.
Citizens in Un-Commons are not concerned with making a living but rather with enjoying alive. They seek value from social participation over materialisation where they do those things which give them a sense of accomplishment. People become active producers of and contributors to the city.
Vehicle Sharing in Un-Commons
An open modular system for adaptable vehicle sharing
Through development, people upgraded their skills and mindset; technology is becoming open and supportive. Wehicle 2.0 is one of the results from such evolvement. It introduces an open modular system for vehicle sharing enabled by personalized fabrication. It also transforms mobility into a Commons that can serve various needs.
Aiming at offering inclusive and adaptable urban mobility, Wehicle 2.0 leverages smart manufacture and open hardware for building a networked environment. Citizens are free to join, and together they make and enjoy their contribution. A mobility for Me / We / Everyone.
Deformable Vehicle Modules
The interior of a vehicle will be able to display dynamic shapes and forms with algorithmic needles (powered by programmed geospatial data). Thus, the inner space of a vehicle becomes a deformable landscape which can adapt to almost any needs.
Such technology perfectly combines hardware with software. It enables communities to create their own Wehicles physically without 3D printing, but through simple programming. The threshold of vehicle fabrication becomes lower.
OPEN MODULAR SYSTEM
The capability of programming vehicle thanks to the module makes it possible to form an open modular system. The deformable chassis becomes a shared grid, upon which different entities can design and create different parts and components. Since everyone follows one standard, creations are compatible with one another, introducing variety within modularity. This fosters an open and networked mobility culture that vehicle becomes a form of relations rather than a singular entity.
The created designs contribute to the Wehicle Resource Pool, a github-like repository storing all the design codes, functions, materials etc. Platform members have access to all the information and can apply for use. In this way, whoever uses the platform contributes to the platform while supporting other groups.
The whole system is built upon the commons platform to facilitate existing community groups to connect and new ones to form, so that new solidarity economies can unfold and shape the fabric of mobility