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Learning to Live Together: Humans, Cars, and Kerbs in Solidarity
Guillermo Fernández-Abascal and Urtzi Grau

We are on the verge of sharing our cities with autonomous vehicles. Recent developments in driverless technologies are having an impact on our urban environment, raising questions about how self-driving vehicles could be integrated into our daily lives. Automotive and technological industries are not only developing the vehicles but also envisioning the future of our cities, a future where streets have seamlessly integrated driverless technologies and humans wander about, unconcerned by the presence of new automated machines circulating at high speeds through public space. These visions skip to a distant time and ignore the issues that these vehicles raise in the immediate future. In response to such an oversight, this essay and the accompanying meditations explore the conflicts soon to be unleashed by this new technology and the transformation of our streets it will trigger. The current implementations of driverless technology, which are fast and disruptive, do not suggest an eventual integrated urban solution. Yet this book allows us to imagine how humans and cars might collectively influence the urban environment. 

Bio Guillermo Fernández-Abascal is an architect, Lecturer at UTS and founding partner of the offices GFA and GFA2. Based in Sydney, Australia and Santander, Spain, his recent work dest- abilises the dichotomy of research vs. buildings and includes diagrams, stories, exhibitions, films, prototypes, housing, and public buildings across the globe. Urtzi Grau is an architect, academic, Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture at UTS and founding partner of the office GFA and Fake Industries. His research explores the role of architecture in responding to critical challenges impacting the Indo Pacific region, including climate justice, immigration, land rights and extractive economics.

Contributions by Ibiye Camp, Brendan Cormier, Noortje Marres, Hamish McIntosh, Simone C. Niquille / Technoflesh, Marina Otero Verzier, Tomás Sánchez Criado, Brenton Alexander Smith, Lara Lesmes + Fredrik Hellberg (Space Popular), and Liam Young.

Softcover, 115x190mm, full color and bw digital printing, 194 pages