One of the open eacalator atriums at Emporia in Malmö Hyllie designed by Gert Wingårdh, Swedens most famous now living architect. He is an icon and a role model for many to become architects.
A couple of years ago I had a lecture with Gert where someone asked him a question about his thoughts about the future of transportation. Now a thing to know about architecture students in general and in Sweden in particular is that, sustainability is a major topic and that most of them belong to the left wing on the political scale. There is a common belief that in a sustainable society there is no room for individual transportation. There are two main reasons for this. The first one is that the environmental footprint due to producing and using an individual automotive vehicle (cars) is too large. The second is that the infrastructure (roads) needed for traffic to flow without congestion will continue to grow exponentially while taking up valuable landmass in the cities that impedes a sustainable and growing city life where people can meet people. If there are more cars, more roads are needed, less residential buildings can be built, less public space for people to meet and so on so forth.
It was interesting to see the reaction on my fellow students when Gert shared his thoughts. He believes that in a few years time when automotive cars dominate the streets, smart intelligence in these cars through networking will lead to cars using up road space much more efficiently by shortening the distance between them and therefore increasing the density. Some estimate the increased capacity using such automitive intelligence and existing infrastructure by threefold. The problem would kind of sort it self out, which flies in the face of a lot of people that work hard for people to stop using their car in favour of bicycling and public transport.