Innovatieprogramma Mobiele Stad

In Innovatieprogramma Mobiele Stad the Readership Places and Traces collaborates in a research into innovations in the combined fields of urbanization, infrastructure, and mobility in five Dutch urban regions.

Innovatieprogramma Mobiele Stad (IMS, Innovation Programme Mobile City) aims to develop and test concrete innovations in integrating policies for mobility, technology, space, and place in Dutch urban regions. IMS is a collaboration between Universiteit Twente, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Design Academy Eindhoven, and Bureau Noordzuiden. Together, they will research a number of combined issues in the fields of infrastructure, mobility and spatial development in/around cities in five Dutch provinces: Noord-Brabant, Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland, Utrecht, and Gelderland.

The project will run from 2017-2020.

IMS has three main objectives:

  • Conduct experiments in practice: 10-15 experiments will be executed, with the aim to improve planning and policy making on the provincial level and (if applicable) the local and national level.
  • Evaluation and reflection: gaining theoretical insight and practical experience with regard to the relationship between mobility and urban development.
  • Exchange knowledge: IMS aims to act as a platform for sharing knowledge between provinces, national government, local and regional stakeholders, and knowledge institutes.

IMS focuses on five themes:

  • Smart mobility experiments
  • Spatial planning and design experiments
  • Governance experiments
  • Instrumental and financial experiments
  • Learning processes and evaluation

At Design Academy Eindhoven, research associate Bennie Meek will mainly focus on the spatial planning and design experiments, e.g. placemaking, local physical interventions (e.g. in urban areas around train stations), wayfinding (e.g. tourist routes), and collaboration tools (e.g. games).

For more information (in Dutch), see the project’s website.

IMS receives funding from the provinces Noord-Brabant, Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland, Utrecht, and Gelderland, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, and Transumo Footprint.