The Pumpkin


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Name: Sophia Michopoulou

Nationality: Greek

Instagram: Sofaki19426





Name: Foteini Bouliari

Nationality: Greek

Instagram: foteinibouliari




-FINALIST of Non Architecture Award Competition | Category: Urban


– How can we design a systematic adaptation to future crises? We propose a system that can perceive its environment and take actions that evolve according to historical events and real time information through machine learning algorithms. 

– How can this idea adapt to transportation? During the pandemic, the safest way to live together is to invest in public spaces. Simultaneously, we need a way to move between places that is sustainable and addresses the environmental effects of transportation. A systematic organization of urban transportation can help societies function under any. It can also minimize congestion, better manage the unexpected and provide a narrative for other systems (housing, medical, education, waste management control etc). 

Why Athens? The spontaneous urban development of the modern city of Athens under the political and social circumstances of the 19th and 20th century has led to a scarcity of open and green spaces. At the same time, the dominance of the car as the main mode of transportation in the post-war era resulted in several environmental and social issues facing the city today such as; noise and air pollution, congestion, further reduction of open spaces and spaces for the movement of pedestrians as well as social inequalities due to the lack of affordable and efficient transportation options.

The proposed system of shared, electric and autonomous vehicles, the Pumpkin transport, will be able to adapt to future circumstances and enter different modes (quarantine, night, emergency, free transportation etc.) accordingly. The algorithm will also be informed by changes in various functions of the city such as housing, education, the supply chain, work, the medical system and the manufacturing sector.


Project Type: Yea Competition – Bienale di Venezia 2021

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