The Driverless City Project

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Landscape architect Ron Henderson and architect Mitchell Joachim lead a conversation aimed to prompt a larger Rhode Island discussion of The Driverless City, a project based at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago, which investigates the urban design implications of driverless and autonomous vehicles by developing social scenarios, technical solutions, infrastructure prototypes, and model urban codes to transform streets into twenty-first century human infrastructure.

As cities around the world leverage the opportunities and manage the impacts of driverless cars, this crucially important project investigates a transformative advance in transportation and communication technologies - the kind that have always changed cities and demanded new forms of physical infrastructure. In the next decades, we can improve urban social life by increasing the ecological performance, safety, and efficiency of streets while continuing to add vitality to our cities.


Ron Henderson

Landscape architect, architect, founding principal of L+A Landscape Architecture in Newport, and Professor and Director of the Landscape Architecture Program at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago.

Mitchell Joachim

PhD, Co-Founder of Terreform ONE and an Associate Professor at NYU.