MobiGlobe 2


2009 – 2010


Autostadt GmbH


Wolfsburg, Germany


Media Installation


Hosoya Schaefer Architects AG, Zürich


Direct commission

Concept, Research, Art Direction, Graphics:

Hosoya Schaefer Architects AG, Zürich

3D Animation / Integration:

Shiftcontrol Studios, Copenhagen

Graphic Consulting, Style Guide, Typography:

Büro Destruct, Bern


blm Filmproduktion, Hamburg


Optix Digital Pictures, Hamburg


Marcus Loeber, Seevetal


Prof. Dickson Despommier, New York; Jaime Lerner, Curitiba; Pooran Desai, London; Will Lark Jr., MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA

Photo Credit:

Udo Meinel



Project, Autostadt, Germany

MobiGlobe is an ongoing project developed for Autostadt GmbH. It was first made public in 2006 and since then it has been continuously updated. The latest update was a complete thematic overhaul revolving around issues of sustainable mobility.

The installation shows mobility as the systemic interplay between transportation, city structure, resource flow and lifestyle. Its main message is that sustainable mobility needs to be based not only on improved cars running on renewable energy or new solutions for public transport, but also on urban planning strategies, resource management, and changes in personal lifestyle. Only by combined measures in all areas can mobility truly be optimized.

In the film, presented on six over-sized rear projection panels arranged like the windows of a car, four visionaries present their projects or concepts; in the same space, six interactive stations add detail and explain the defining parameters of each project.

The interviewees deal with questions related to mobility in a holistic manner: the Smart Cities team at the MIT Media Lab under Bill Mitchell discuss new forms of transport (mobility on demand systems), Jaimie Lerner from Curitiba advocates efficient public transport in cities and a comprehensive approach to raising the quality of life in cities, Pooran Desai from Bioregional describes One Planet Living Communities such as BedZed (focusing on lifestyle, not only on the BedZed development itself) and Prof. Dickson Despommier from Columbia University explains his concept of Vertical Farming.



Station square and station roof in Herisau, Switzerland
Current phase: construction documents

Benninger Areal, housing and retail development
Current phase: preliminary design

Interior design for an apartment in Park Tower, Zug
Recently completed

Mobility Hub / parking facility with retail component, Zug
Current phase: preliminary design

Parking garage with shop in Zug, Switzerland
Current phase: preliminary design

Riedmatt Ebikon / housing, retail, ateliers
Current phase: framework plan

Qube Ebikon / housing, retail, offices
Current phase: framework plan

House Chile, innovative single family home in forrest setting
Current phase: building permit documents

Buchs Areal Fegeren, building for precision-industry
Current phase: study

House Kyoto, community living, Japan
Current phase: study

Lachen SZ Alpenblickstrasse / high-rise housing
Current phase: study

Urban Design

Bahnstadt Nürtingen, Nürtingen
Current state: masterplan and function plan

Neugasse Zürich, urban design concept with public participation
Current state: presentation of urban design concept

Dessauer Strasse, Wolfsburg
Current state: competition waiting for further commission

Herisau site development, Herisau
Current state: process support and test planning

Technologiecluster Zug Masterplan, Zug
Current state: urban framework plan and design concept

Masterplan Dierikon, Switzerland
Current state: masterplan waiting for further commission

HafenCity Elbbrückenquartier, Hamburg
Current state: masterplan and framework plan

Wilhelmsburg Elbinselquartier, Hamburg
Current state: masterplan, function plan and typology studies

National Innovation Park Switzerland, Hub Zurich
Current state: Study on mobility-infrastructure

Leica Areal
Current state: study completed, next phase in planning

Innovation- and production park Patton Barracks, Heidelberg
Current state: urban framework plan

Wil West, Kanton Thurgau
Current state: urban framework plan

Visp Sägematte, Valais
Current state: study

Urban framework plan for the city of Zug
Current state: recently completed

Urban System Research

SmartUse / Space, Growth and BigData
Current state: ongoing

Winterthur 2040
Current state: ongoing

Harvard University Graduate School of Design / The Industrious City
Current state: in preparation

Development strategy for 3 communities in the Kanton St. Gallen, Switzerland


Zürich office

Flüelastrasse 10 8048 Zürich Switzerland (Google Maps)
T. +41 (0)43 243 6313 F. +41 (0)43 243 6315

Kyoto office

Jimukinoueda bldg. 602 21 Sakaimachi Gojo-Takakurakado Shimogyoku Kyoto Japan
T. +81 (0)75 744 1503