The project is highly inspired by the rise of vertical cityscape and how it can shape a new context for mobility to exist within. When the destinations travelled will be spread out across the vertical landscape instead of only along the horizontal one. A rearrangement of housing, schools, restaurants and parks will create new needs for mobility to fill. Needs that the vehicles restricted to the two-dimensional format of today cannot support. This will create a new era of vertical transportation to combat the densification of the future.
The project investigates how new technologies such as magnetic levitation could be applied to architecture and provide propulsion for vertical transportation. To give a flexible mobility system in high rise, high density urban areas. And with this create walkways thriving with nature on the horizontal planes. That promotes walkability, social connections and gives more space to people.
For this to work, the project was set in the year of 2050 inside of a prototype district. With advancing technology, this will also be a pivotal time to accommodate for the densification of modern urban areas. Exploring how mobility would work and the everyday lives of the inhabitants in the district, the Project aims to provoke the perception of what a future urban area could be and how it would affect the need for transportation.
When the premise was set, the mission was to create this new type of mobility, its functionality, its experience and a vehicle to convey these different elements. This was made through several ideation sessions, physical prototypes, hand sketches, digital sketches and digital modelling, which i ultimately realized it into a viable solution.
The result is the Vertal Mono, a compact vehicle suited for the daily commuting vehicle within Vertico district, a prototype district testing vertically connected cityscapes. Vertal offers an on demand shared experience whether the occupant is riding for a single minute or 15. The interior space offers great flexibility as a response to the vast range of use cases it needs to fulfil. Designed as an individual pod that can be combined together to accommodate for groups of friends of families.
Mono is designed to be the smaller human footprint pod of the Vertal line up. It is nimble and flexible, being able to reach anywhere at any time. It moves omnidirectionally on the exteriors of buildings via magnetic levitation infrastructure. It is an essential part of mobility to the inner circles of the district and part of the communities living there.