What would it be like to live in a city administered using the business model of Amazon (or Apple, IKEA, Uber,…)? A new book playfully combines speculative fiction and analysis of 38 different business models when applied to running cities of the future. How to Run a City Like Amazon, and Other Fables, edited by Mark Graham, Rob Kitchin, Shannon Mattern and Joe Shaw, is available in paperback and PDF from Meatspace Press.
My contribution to the book, Cities Need Mass Transit, shows how a highly personalized transportation system envisioned by Tesla and Elon Musk cannot possibly scale to be an effective urban mobility solution.
Sonja Heikkilä wants to create a sustainable mobility service ecosystem where Helsinki citizens can configure mobility services from a wide range of providers – public, private and shared – via smartphone apps. In the future, users may be able to purchase monthly mobility plans that are tailored to their activity patterns and needs, much like current mobile phone voice + data plans.
Helsinki is demonstrating that you can have access without ownership. The average automobile is stationary and parked for 95% of its existence – a tremendously inefficient use of a valuable mobility resource. Ownership also leads to overuse and binge mobility.