While the trajectory of technology to include skycars is not original, and we are replete with many supporting concepts (both real and fictional), this team of twelve students explored the specific relationship between infrastructure, architecture, and urban form. Through out the semester-long investigation, the studio asked the primary question, what happens to city form if vehicular movement were removed from the two-dimensional ground plane? Secondarily, what will these cars look like, how might they behave, and what is the infrastructural form required to support such cars? What is the organization of movement and how is urban program arranged? These questions were investigated in two scenarios: a purely hypothetical city of 2100 and an existing city, Tianjin, china.
Initial parameters of the hypothetical city included 5,000,000 inhabitants and a limit of 800 meters in height. This design work began with in-depth research and analysis, both historical (vehicular, urbanistic, technological) and quantitative (program usage, numbers of people at localities, physical properties of movement); the efforts of the studio resulted in a broad range of exploration and scale shifts-- from product design of the skycar itself to urban design of the essential nodes of the city.
Faculty: Winy Maas, MVRDV, Grace La, UWM
Students: Bryan Howard, Anthony Janis, Nicholas Moen, Ryan O’Connor, Trevor Patt, Ella Peinovich, Nickolas Popoutsis, Tarah Raaum, Gloribed Riveria-Torres, Scott Schultz, Tuan Tran, Andy Walsh