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LocalMotion Neil Reindel, Alan Mui, Hector Reyes Arechiga, and Angelica Paleczny

The pandemic has driven us out of our familiar lives, creating an array of displacement and vacancies in cities across the world. Working from home has proven itself as a viable option for most businesses, leaving a lot of employers to rethink the need for static, physical space. What if in the future your work comes to you? Or better yet, a grocery store, library, or medical services? Working from home has proven that the traditional model of the office goes beyond brick and mortar. This suggests a notion of untethering other traditional models from their static shells and extending them into the fabric of the city.

LocalMotion takes cues from the model made popular by ridesharing apps, like Uber and Lyft, and rethinks how we commute, work, and live. Ranging from a single car to a fleet, LocalMotion will rely on a locational algorithm that determines the most efficient route to pick users up or choose the most centralized location to dock between users. This will ultimately reduce carbon emissions due to commute. Starting at a user scale, programs can range from office and meeting rooms to library and counseling service, creating an active, real-time model for shaping our cities post-pandemic. This flexibility will help stimulate the local economy and provide much-needed amenities for underserved communities or act as real-time market studies for long-term growth. All the while, closing gaps and providing neighborhoods with the programming they need to create vibrant, walkable environments.

As a result of taking the programs beyond their static shell by adding a new layer of mobility to the city, existing vacancies will have more room to absorb the current needs of cities and their people. London is currently the 6th most expensive location to live in the world. This is the perfect time to seize the opportunity to repurpose underutilized vacant spaces into opportunities for affordable housing. With the sheer volume of available space for additional housing, the market supply will be saturated, naturally driving down costs in the area. A mixed-income neighborhood in this area takes us one step closer to our equity goals, and leveraging the mobile infill strategy of LocalMotion, we have positioned a flexible infrastructure that will help these communities recover and become stronger than ever before. Through teaming up with organizations like Fair by Design, LocalMotion will mobilize the community and reshape communities around London, and beyond.