Mobility & Transportation

Mobility is a fundamental shaping force of cities and has an outsized impact on resiliency, health, and the human experience. Through research and a people-first approach to design, we can leverage transportation to improve lives.
Technology has a big impact on how city and mobility systems respond to the way people consume experiences. Many people ‘mix-and-match’ digital and physical experiences throughout the day — our systems have to be responsive to meet these demands.
—Dylan Jones, Mobility & Transportation leader

Mobility goes electric and the EV recharging experience becomes multimodal and mixed use.

Infrastructure and buildings need to be designed to keep pace with the tremendous growth in demand for electric vehicles, from cars to scooters to electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Electric vehicles require a longer charging period, so the recharging process opens new opportunities to co-locate live, work, and play programming facilities at charging hubs in urban areas.


Rail finds a rebirth in the U.S. with new investments in public transit and high-speed lines.

With billions of dollars in federal aid earmarked for rail improvements around the U.S. combined with an ongoing push by local officials to double-down on public rail transit, opportunities abound for designing the next generation of train stations and station adjacent development (TOD).


Mobility continues to be the backbone of a 20-minute city.

Successful cities are made up of a collection of multiuse and vibrant neighborhoods in which everything you need — live, work, and play — is within your grasp. But this only works with effective mobility infrastructure: wide sidewalks, secure bike lanes, micromobility options, and a functioning transit system.

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Design Forecast 2024
Design Forecast identifies the trends and design strategies that are shaping the future of the human experience and the built environment. We provide strategic advice, research, and projects from all 33 of Gensler’s practices to help clients prepare for transformational times.