The Road Ahead

March 29, 2019

At the turn of the 20th century, our embrace of the automobile forever changed how we move people, goods, and services. With the rise of autonomous vehicles and increasingly customized trips, we are at another inflection point. Cooper Hewitt curator Julie Pastor discusses The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility exhibition which raises questions of how we will share our streets and how we will move people and goods in the future. While no one really knows where these mobility transformations will take us, this particular juncture offers profound design opportunities. How might we evolve more equitable and accessible mobility options that benefit everyone? This talk will explore a selection of design responses that are making transportation safer, more efficient, and increasingly customized to our on-demand needs, helping us imagine connected systems in aspirational ways that truly address how we want to move and where we want to go.


Julie Pastor is a Curatorial Assistant at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and is one of three curators that organized The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility, an exhibition that explores the future of designing urban transportation. Previously she assisted on exhibitions addressing contemporary socially responsible design and sensory design. Her writing has been published by The Journal of Modern Craft. She holds a Master’s in Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture from the Bard Graduate Center and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin.

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