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  • Title: Van Alen Institute - News
    Descriptive info: .. VAN ALEN INSTITUTE PROJECT IN PUBLIC ARCHITECTURE.. Van Alen Institute is an independent nonprofit architectural organization that promotes inquiry into the processes that shape the design of the public realm.. Now On View in Our Pop-Up Exhibition Space: Deconstruction/Construction.. This.. Thursday, April 25.. , join John Hong, Jinhee Park, and Mark Rakatansky to discuss.. Convergent Flux: Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in Korea.. , the first conversation accompanying our exhibition.. Deconstruction/Construction: The Cheonggyecheon River Project in Seoul.. Read more.. Van Alen Institute Names New Executive Director David van der Leer.. The Board of Trustees of Van Alen Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of David van der Leer, effective May 6, to the position of its Executive Director.. Van Alen Books: Upcoming Launches, Discussions, and Events.. Join us on.. Wednesday, April 24.. for a conversation with Georges Teyssot, author of.. A Topology of Everyday Constellations.. ,  ...   for the People Winners' Gallery.. With our partners at the U.. S.. National Park Service, we're thrilled to present the stage two Finalists and Award of Excellence recipients for our.. Parks for the People.. competition.. Follow the link below to see the winning submissions in our online gallery.. Browse VAI's Online Design Archive.. Dive into the Van Alen design archive.. We've launched the beta version of our century-spanning online archive, so click below and start exploring over 3,000 images from a history of civic architecture.. Life at the Speed of Rail Online Gallery.. Van Alen Institute presents ten winners and ten honorable mentions for the.. Life at the Speed of Rail.. Click below to view the online gallery.. View Current Newsletter.. Name:.. Email:.. 2010 Van Alen Institute | 30 W.. 22nd Street, 4th Floor | New York, NY 10010 | 212-924-7000 |.. vai@vanalen.. org.. |.. Join E-mail List..

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  • Title: Van Alen Institute - Projects in Public Architecture
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  • Title: Van Alen Institute - Contact
    Descriptive info: Contact Us.. Our Galleries and Reading Room are open to the public.. from 10am to 6pm, Monday through Friday.. Van Alen Institute.. 30 W.. 22nd Street, 4th Floor.. New York, NY 10010.. T 212-924-7000.. F 212-366-5836.. General Inquiries.. Membership Support.. membership@vanalen.. Design Archive.. archive@vanalen.. Original Site design.. Blank Mosseri.. Design + programming.. WeboKraft..

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  • Title: Van Alen Institute - Membership
    Descriptive info: Support Van Alen Institute and its mission in service of public architecture by becoming a member today.. At Van Alen Institute, our mission is to bring the best design ideas to the public realm.. And we can only do that with the support of our membership community.. Join us today through a tax-deductible contribution, and you ll be a part of the critical work we do in service of public architecture.. Whether you re a design student, a corporate supporter, or someone who s just passionate about the public realm, we have a membership level that s right for you:.. STUDENT ($30+).. FRIEND ($50+).. SUPPORTER ($100.. +).. - 10% discount  ...   DONOR ($500+).. - Recognition on our website and VAI support materials.. - Complimentary VAI publications, including our upcoming book celebrating the NY Prize Fellowship.. BENEFACTOR ($1,000+).. - Invitation to our seasonal Aperitivo events with the VAI Board of Trustees and Advisors.. - Invitations to private dinners with the VAI Board of Trustees and Advisors.. VAN ALEN CIRCLE ($3,500+).. - 10% off all purchases at Van Alen Books for 5 of your principal employees.. - Access to our 22nd Street gallery space and Van Alen Books for special events or meetings.. Student/International: $30+.. Friend: $50+.. Supporter : $100+.. Donor: $500+.. Benefactor: $1,000+.. Van Alen Circle: $3,500+.. Enter your own amount to donate:..

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  • Title: Van Alen Institute - Events
    Descriptive info: For over a century, Van Alen Institute has fostered design innovation and excellence through its competitions, prizes, events and fellowships.. Please consult our home page for a listing of upcoming events.. All events are held at Van Alen Institute unless otherwise indicated and are free and open to the public.. You can also view upcoming events on the.. Van Alen Books website.. April 2013.. VAI Announces NYSCA Independent Project Grants.. 18 October 2012.. Change Agents: Landscape Architects on the Innovation Forefront.. Landscape Architecture Pecha Kucha Night.. 15 October 2012.. Redefining the River: Challenges in Urban Waterfront Design.. 13 October 2012.. Landscape Architecture Design Speed Dating Open House Brunch.. 10 October 2012.. The Urban Polder: What New York's Waterfront Can Learn from the Dutch.. Summer - Fall 2012.. Events at Van Alen Books.. September - October 2012.. Upcoming Events: Immensity + Intimacy: Brooklyn Bridge Park.. 10 September 2012.. Tech the City with Next American City.. 12 June 2012.. Fine Arts Federation of New York Annual Meeting: Creative Placemaking with Carol Coletta.. 19 May 2012.. Open House Brunch and Design Speed Dating.. May 2012.. 3 March 2012.. March 3: Open House Brunch and Design Speed Dating.. 10 December 2011.. December 10: Holiday Brunch and Design Speed Dating.. 16 September 2011.. Park(ing) Day Book Exchange.. 10 September 2011.. September 10: Open House Brunch and Design Speed Dating.. 12 July 2011.. Life at the Speed of Rail in Los Angeles: After Car Culture: Designing the New L.. A.. 7 July 2011.. Life at the Speed of Rail in Houston: Red State Rail.. 28 June 2011.. Life at the Speed of Rail in St.. Louis: Laying Tracks for Economic Development.. 24 June 2011.. Life at the Speed of Rail in Washington, D.. C.. : Winners to be Announced June 24.. 30 April 2011.. 31 March 2011.. VAI Announces Van Alen Books.. 21 March 2011.. 16 February 2011.. Letter from New Orleans: Redesigning the Delta.. 12 February 2011.. VanAlentine's Day Brunch and Design Speed Dating.. 01 February 2011.. Announcing VAI's 2011 High Speed Rail Fellows.. 08 October 2010 - 12 January 2011.. Ideas at Work: Three Competitions for Public Space.. 15 December 2010.. Let's Get to 2011!.. 04 December 2010.. Seasonal Brunch.. Design Speed Dating: Portfolio Reviews.. 24 September 2010.. Ecological Urbanism and Green Gone Wrong: An Exchange.. 11 September 2010.. Threshold Launch.. 29 August 2010.. A panel discussion at the 12th International Venice Architecture Biennale.. 28 July 2010.. New York Prize Fellows Open House.. 16 July 2010.. Street Value and Manhattan Projects: An Exchange.. 08 May 2010.. 12 April 2010.. Architecture on Display: On the History of  ...   2009.. Bronx River Crossing.. A Project by New York Prize Fellows Alexander Levi and Amanda Schachter.. 14 May 2009.. Is it Architecture? The Structure in Landscape.. Panel Discussion presented by Architecture Omi.. 09 May 2009.. FlyNY: An International Kite Design Competition and Flying Event.. 07 April 2009.. Soft Geometries: Fashion, Architecture, and NYC s Garment District.. A Conversation with Yeohlee Teng and Calvin Tsao.. 26 February 2009.. Elastic Borders:.. A Workshop by New York Prize Fellow Gabi Schillig.. 25 February 2009.. Carbon Sequestration in Cities: What is the role of an urban forest?.. 10 February 2009.. Flight Patterns:.. A Forum on the Design Challenges of Urban Ecology and Biodiversity.. Moderated by Natalie Jeremijenko, New York Prize Fellow.. 04 February 2009.. Eco-Cities:.. Building Green on a City Scale.. 09 December - 11 December 2008.. Designing the Parks Conference:.. The Present and Future of Park Planning and Design.. 04 December 2008.. OOZing.. A Public Workshop with New York Prize Fellow Natalie Jeremijenko.. 23 October 2008.. Trip To Mannahatta with New York Prize Fellow Eric W.. Sanderson.. Open to Van Alen Institute Members and Fellows.. 14 October 2008.. TKTS Booth Unveiled!.. Presented in partnership with the Times Square Alliance.. 14 August 2008.. In Conversation: Julia Czerniak and Edward Mitchell.. on the possibilities for public life in new ecological infrastructures.. 12 August 2008.. TimeZone: Demonstration and Discussion.. by New York Prize Fellow John Stuart.. 06 August 2008.. In Conversation: Michael Osman and Clive G.. Jones with Ellen Grimes.. on the intersection of ecological theory and design practice.. 18 June - 29 August 2008.. Formulas for Now: Hans Ulrich Obrist's New York Interviews.. New York Prize Senior Fellow Hans Ulrich Obrist.. 10 April 2008.. Productive Public Space: Exploring Hybridities in Informal Settlements.. New York Prize Fellows Chelina Odbert and Jennifer Toy.. 03 February 2008.. Secondary Use Workshop.. 11 December 2007.. In Conversation: Mark Hansen and DeeDee Gordon.. Communicating Through Distributed Networks.. 15 November 2007.. In Conversation: Michael Singer and Signe Nielsen.. Infrastructure and Community.. Architecture and Energy Production Roundtable.. 27 October 2007.. Inaugural Van Alen Institute New York Prize Fellowship Dinner.. Senior Fellow Hans Ulrich Obrist: Interviews Project.. 04 October 2007.. In Conversation: Bjarke Ingels and Mark Wigley.. 03 October 2007.. Day Labor Station by Public Architecture.. 13 June 2007.. Panel Discussion: Designing Governors Island.. 16 January 2007.. In Conversation: Michael Sorkin and Adolfo Carrion, Jr.. 14 October 2006.. Nature Now: The Urban Park as Cultural Catalyst.. 15 September 2006.. Book Launch: Did Someone Say Participate?.. 17 November - 18 November 2005.. The Politics of Design: Competitions for Public Projects.. OPEN WEEKDAYS, 10-5.. Van Alen Institute Reading Room..

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  • Title: Van Alen Institute - Mission
    Descriptive info: For over a century, Van Alen Institute has cultivated a fellowship of design practitioners and scholars, awarded excellence in design, and fostered dialogue about the evolving role of architecture in the public realm.. The Institute s community of fellows, members, participants and public audiences is an integral part of that dialogue, shaping and expanding our definition of public architecture and its impact on contemporary civic life..

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  • Title: Van Alen Institute - Events - VAI Announces NYSCA Independent Project Grants
    Descriptive info: Back to Events.. PREVIOUS.. NEXT.. Van Alen Institute is pleased to offer an opportunity for architecture, design, and historic preservation professionals to apply for fiscal sponsorship for.. New York State Council on the Arts Independent Project grants.. NYSCA's 2014 program in Architecture + Design makes grants of up to $10,000 available for individuals (or teams) to creatively research an issue or problem in architecture, design, and/or historic preservation that advances the relevant field and contributes to the public s understanding of design.. The category seeks projects that are innovative in nature and emphasize artistry and design excellence.. NYSCA Independent Project Grants: What You Need to Know.. Design fields which are supported include architecture, landscape architecture, and graphic, fashion, industrial, furniture, and interior design.. Independent Projects originate with the individual (or team).. Applications may only be submitted through a sponsoring organization.. Your project dates must fall within Van Alen's 12-month NYSCA grant period of 07/01/2013 - 06/30/2014.. Previously funded projects have included the development of design prototypes, historical studies of building types, critical and theoretical analyses, and explorations of new technology for the design fields.. Funds awarded for Independent Projects are individual artist awards, but are not fellowships.. All funded projects are awarded the full amount requested  ...   will be deemed ineligible for support.. You may not be applying for another NYSCA project with another team or with another fiscal sponsor organization.. Student projects are not eligible for support.. Currently matriculated students must document that their projects are not related to the completion of a degree.. Faculty member projects may not be part of a course curriculum.. NYSCA funds cannot be used for out-of-state travel expenses.. How to Apply.. To apply through Van Alen Institute, please download the.. instructions.. and registration form (.. Word document.. or.. PDF.. ) and return the form as a text document to Susannah Bohlke (sbohlke@vanalen.. org) by midnight on April 21, 2013.. Van Alen will select up to twenty Independent Project applicants, whose applications will be judged based on their completeness, eligibility, and alignment with Van Alen Institute s mission to catalyze innovative thinking about the design of the public realm.. Selected applicants will be registered by Van Alen and will receive a username and password in order to complete their full application by NYSCA s deadline of May 22, 2013.. For further information about this funding opportunity and application instructions, see NYSCA s Architecture + Design Program's guidelines for the Independent Projects Category at.. www.. arts.. ny.. gov..

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  • Title: Parks for the People: A Student Competition to Reimagine America's National Parks
    Descriptive info: PARKS FOR THE PEOPLE.. About.. The Sites.. Competition Progress.. Studio to Practice.. Welcome to the gallery of winning submissions to Parks for the People, a student competition presented by Van Alen Institute in partnership with the U.. National Park Service to reimagine America's greatest natural and cultural treasures its national parks.. Featured here are the two Award of Excellence winners and six Finalist teams of the culminating stage of the competition.. Proposing innovative ideas for the planning, design, and management of specific park sites across the United States, these projects together offer a remarkable vision for a new generation of healthy, welcoming, and enduring public spaces parks that are truly for the people.. Competition Winners.. Finding.. Common Ground.. Site.. Nicodemus National Historic Site..  ...   (Re)Create.. Flux: The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area as Park Prototype.. Chattahoochee River.. National Recreation Area.. Atlanta, GA.. Cornell University.. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.. Living Atlas:.. The National Park as the University of the 21st Century.. Biscayne National Park.. Miami, FL.. Florida International University.. College of Architecture + the Arts.. The People's Park.. Nicodemus National.. Historic Site.. Kansas State University.. College of Architecture, Planning, and Design.. Civil War Defenses of Washington.. Civil War Defenses.. of Washington.. Washington, DC.. University of Pennsylvania.. School of Design.. HOPEwell.. for All.. Pratt Institute.. School of Art and Design.. finding COMMON GROUND.. San Juan Island.. National Park.. Friday Harbor, WA.. University of Washington.. College of Built Environments.. Van Alen Institute.. 212-924-7000.. dtpstudio@vanalen.. @parks4thepeople.. 2012 Van Alen Institute..

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  • Title: LIFE AT THE SPEED OF RAIL - Winners Gallery - Van Alen Institute
    Descriptive info: -- LIFE-- AT-- THE-- SPEED-- OF-- RAIL--.. Exhibition.. Winning Entries.. Honorable Mentions.. Events.. Project Archive.. Exhibition.. is an ongoing project of Van Alen Institute that calls on the international design community to envision the cultural, environmental and economic impact of a new high-speed rail network in the United States.. With an aim to link the disciplines of design, transportation and policy through a rich dialogue about American infrastructure,.. includes a recently completed competition, this online exhibition, ongoing events and a forthcoming publication.. Featured here are the 10 winning entries and 10 honorable mentions selected by Van Alen Institute staff, fellows and.. advisory committee.. In addition to being exhibited here, these entries will be presented as part of four regional dialogues held in Washington, D.. , St.. Louis, Houston and Los Angeles.. view the winning entries.. upcoming event schedule.. Winning Entries.. the beacon.. MANIFESTO Architecture P.. New York, New York.. The beacon is an icon not just for the city but for the megaregion, with a glowing presence forever amplified when reflected in the continuous growth of the city around it.. chiland.. Kent State University's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC).. Cleveland, Ohio.. ChiLand takes its cue from a.. Mad Magazine.. technique to animate the potential merging of distinct urban cultures.. the expanded civic center.. Rebecca Sibley.. Houston, Texas.. The Expanded Civic Center reconfigures 60’s mega-blocks for today’s mega-regions with a new set of mega-forms.. switch space.. Karen Lewis, Emma Cuciurean-Zapan, Christine Yankel.. Columbus, Ohio.. Switch Space questions the logic of linear corridors within the geography and development patterns of the Midwestern expanse.. permeable response.. Annie Kurtin, Laura Stedman.. Tucson, Arizona.. San Francisco, California.. Permeable Response confronts the ecological deterioration in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, an important resource for water and agriculture.. the effect of high-speed rail on six lives.. Drew Bly, Brandon Souba, Steven Vance.. Chicago, Illinois.. The Effect of High-Speed Rail on Six Lives proposes an ad campaign aimed at the high-speed rail public.. By demonstrating the diverse set of people who could benefit from HSR, the project reminds us how personal transportation really is.. what will you do?.. Rael San Fratello Architects.. Oakland, California.. What Will You Do? choreographs how high-speed rail might combat the detrimental effects of sitting with a trip from LA to San Francisco.. VPL.. Rustam Mehta, Thom Moran.. New Haven, Connecticut.. Ann Arbor, Michigan.. VPL co-opts the existing transportation networks of peripheral airports in lieu of central business districts.. parallelogrammic hou(s)tation.. SEUNGTEAK + MIJUNG.. Brooklyn, New York.. HOU(S)TATION configures a new suburban morphology founded on the logics of high-speed rail.. animal farmatures.. Stewart Hicks, Allison Newmeyer (Design With Company).. Urbana, Illinois.. Animal Farmatures is a clever response to the pastoral identity of the American countryside.. the beacon.. View Entry ^.. (PDF).. Advisory Overview:.. Project Statement:.. Compared to 20th-century infrastructure, the new high-speed rail network will allow people to travel far greater distances in a greatly reduced amount of time.. This phenomenon can be described as an expansion of the realm of daily life, or rather, a shrinkage of the perceived scale of the entire Midwest region.. In effect, through the new rail networks urban nodes will be pulled closer together, and industries, commerce, and most importantly, people will be connected more intimately than ever before.. The Beacon, a proposal for a renovation of Chicago’s Union Station will be at the center of this new age, and our design proposal symbolically represents this new paradigm.. The main component of the proposal will be a highly illuminated mixed-use volume called The Beacon, which houses a hotel, railway offices, and a conference center.. The Beacon will be positioned above the existing Grand Hall, which will provide a venue for the new Midwest regional market.. However, the Beacon will not take on the form of a typical vertical structural addition.. The Beacon’s simple, spiritual form, resonating as a familiar yet iconic component of the existing Chicago skyline, will be raised up far above the Grand Hall with its complex structural, service, and circulatory system exposed beneath.. This complex infrastructural web is a reminder of the extensive transportation network that exists directly beneath the surface of the streets of the city.. The Beacon will be noticed from miles away, clearly declaring the role of Union Station as the symbolic heart of the new Midwest high speed transportation network, which will help revitalize Chicago and the neighboring regions through enhanced social and commercial exchange.. TEAM MEMBERS: Jeeyong An, AIA, Sang Hwa Lee, LEED AP, Hosung Chun, LEED AP.. Next Entry.. chiland.. Watch Video ^.. Life at the speed of rail redefines boundaries.. Distant cities are closer together, creating a new hybrid geography.. Employing a fold-in page technique popularized by.. , the illustrative poster expresses the altered perception of distance and geography made possible by high speed rail.. Chicago and Cleveland, two cities currently separated by six hours of highway driving, will be within two hours of each other for high speed rail passengers.. This urban conjunction experience, ChilLand, opens possibilities for increased economic, social and cultural ties between the two cities.. Football fans can tailgate (or railgate ) on the train before a game at a rival s stadium and return home safely, without the need to drive.. As cities in the United States continue to face unprecedented challenges and uncertainty, high speed rail redefines the context for a more cooperative and shared future.. PROJECT TEAM: David Jurca, Gauri Torgalkar, Sagree Sharma, Terry Schwarz, Steve Rugare.. the expanded civic center.. The proposed high-speed rail line linking Tampa and Orlando Florida was poised to become the first great experiment of American high-speed rail.. Although abandoned in early 2011, the generic urban conditions along the rail line proved to be an excellent ground for testing how architecture operates within the city at the amplified speed of the high speed rail, through a new regional organization coupled with three architectural proposals.. The territory between Tampa and Orlando is an extreme example of what American city is quickly becoming today: two cities merging into a single linear city, defined by the continuous fabric of the freeway and surrounding suburban growth.. The introduction of the high speed rail line into the freeway city will demand a reconfiguring of architecture s intersections between speed and city, where the city s dependence on the freeway will be challenged not only socially, but spatially as well.. As a new architectural typology within the high-speed rail territory, a linear and expanded civic center breaks apart the centralized superblocks of the 20th century and distributes them along the line of the high-speed rail.. Combining a series of performance and commercial programs, this new linear civic center will explore how monumental civic spaces will be made and occupied in the sprawl of the American city, integrated with and running adjacent to the infrastructure of the high speed rail through a sequencing of specific architectural intersections: the mega-forms of Objects, Frame, and Field.. This expansion, distribution, sequencing, and curation of multiple smaller civic forums will make the obscured visual experience along the extended territory of the rail line legible, occupied as active platforms and spaces for event, as well as when viewed from the train window at amplified speeds.. switch space.. Switch Space envisions new forms of rail infrastructure that consider the Midwest s disparate landscapes and economic geographies.. Most of the 2050 high-speed rail proposals focus on connecting dense urban corridors developed along regions bound by oceans, mountains or rivers.. These long, skinny corridors are effective landscapes for density and development, ideal for high speed rail travel.. The Midwest faces unique conditions.. It is neither encumbered by these geomorphologies, nor do they benefit from their control.. Rather than an infrastructure that responds to the corridor, the Midwest requires transit connections that work as a wide net, rather than a series of point-to-point connections.. Although it is vast and flat, the Midwest is deceptively urban.. While 85 percent of Ohio s landscape is census defined as rural, over 80 percent of its population reside within 10 miles of an urban core.. The rural / urban connections extend to its economy as well.. Ohio exports many agricultural products, but its economy is shifting to export wind energy and polymers, biotechnology, health care and education.. The new infrastructure of Switch Space addresses these changing landscapes, bridging rural spaces with urban centers, connecting agricultural economies with health care and education, and considering how high-speed rail and its supporting infrastructures can work together to connect and preserve the Midwestern landscape.. permeable response.. The Sacramento – San Joaquin Delta located east of the San Francisco Bay in Northern California, has long been an important resource providing agricultural and recreational uses, wildlife habitat, infrastructure pathways, and water supply services throughout the state.. This delta region is currently in crisis, with weakening levee structures and a deteriorating ecosystem due to rapidly increasing pollution levels.. Our proposal for a high-speed rail network in the region will rethink how architecture can become better integrated with large-scale infrastructure to improve the environment and people’s lives.. Our design produces an active permeable boundary whose function is three-fold: to transport pedestrian and cargo rail traffic between the San Francisco and Sacramento megaregion; support phyto-remediation and constructed wetlands where the bridge meets the water; and provide facilities for environmental research, pollutant testing and education.. The trains are elevated by a structural system that provides flexible spaces for program in the form of hanging research labs and infill educational facilities.. These public facilities are accessible from the transportation terminals.. In order to meet the water as lightly as possible, the supporting trusses are designed using steel instead of bulkier concrete columns.. Constructed wetlands grown at the base of this new high-speed rail bridge respond to varying pollution levels, becoming a living barometer of water health.. The reeds serve to filter the water, help stabilize the land, and encourage native species to return.. Our project is designed to grow over time while responding to, and engaging with, the dynamic Sacramento – San Joaquin Delta waterscape.. the effect of high-speed rail on six lives.. To build President Barack Obama s vision of high-speed rail corridors around the country, we will need the support of many Americans.. One way to gain that support is to inform and inspire.. This set of six profiles describes real situations embodied by synthesized people to help readers understand that high-speed rail is about having options in travel.. Options that help people travel faster, safer, more conveniently, with less pollution, and great amenities.. These profiles were created to connect with viewers, to help them become aware of values they may hold that will lead them to support and demand high-speed rail.. The profiles design is modular: Each profile has several elements that can be mixed and matched and organized into different media or layouts, to serve different advertising, marketing, or sharing purposes.. These elements are the photo, the railroad crossing with a mini biography, a full biography, the answer to.. How would this person s life change with high-speed rail?.. , and a quote that attempts to summarize that answer.. We envision these elements being remixed and arranged into postcard-sized flyers, billboards, advertisements on buses, brochures or as the basis for short documentaries.. what will you do?.. LA to San Francisco in 160 minutes—GREAT! But ironically, as the size of cities and the speed in which we are able to travel great distances increases, we are increasingly more sedentary.. In fact, we are sitting down more than ever before—9.. 3 hours per day, which is more time than we spend sleeping.. And the amount of time we spend sitting today increases the risks of death up to 40 percent.. Instead of sitting for 160 minutes, why not create a high-speed rail that allows us to choreograph a set of  ...   rail is the promise of the continuous urban landscape.. Hyper-connected.. Hyper-compact.. Hyper-efficient.. What then is the potential of perceptually — if not physically — compressing a vast collection of cities into a single, relentless, uninterrupted conurbation?.. The Great Lakes Mega-Region is home to nearly 60 million residents and the most active international trade boundary in the world.. The mega-region includes 205,000 square miles of terrestrial territory and 95,000 square miles of fresh water.. It is the area of the North American continent best positioned to absorb a significant portion of the projected 110 million new residents of the United States and Canada over the next 40 years.. In such a scenario, this massive influx of population would create what will in effect be a thickened, continuous urban landscape punctuated by a constellation of vibrant, legible, connected city cores.. High-speed rail will be one among many innovations in urban infrastructure necessary to accommodate such a considerable expansion of urbanization both within the Great Lakes and throughout the U.. PROJECT TEAM: Christopher Marcinkoski, Andrew Moddrell.. node.. There exists a growing pressure on the Chicago airports of O’Hare and Midway to expand into neighboring communities destroying local houses and businesses.. In order to alleviate this pressure there is a need for an interconnecting route that manages to condense the extraneous functions of the airport in an exterior infrastructural connection.. By establishing a building that can compress the growing programmatic stresses of the Chicago airports, an infrastructural node can be established that connects the Airports by modifying and expanding the preexisting Chicago CTA blue and orange lines into an optimized high speed rail system.. By extending the orange line from midway to Halsted and building an above ground blue line rail from the UIC- Halsted stop comes an unbroken high-speed rail in-between both airports which provides 7 minute airport transfers.. By establishing the only stop at the famous circle interchange of I-90 and 290 a plinth can be built atop the preexisting highway infrastructure that creates an interconnected system of roads and rail that allow the inhabitant to reach any location of the city at ease.. “Node” integrates the idea of the “kiss and drop” that exists within airports which allows car riders to drive into the building from the existing highways and drop off or pick up their love ones from a mobious line that connects with the rail station as well as convenience or overnight parking meaning you will never have to drive your friend to the airport at 5am ever again.. health corridor.. The environment where one receives medical care is not limited to the hospital room– transportation spaces also contribute to a patient’s health.. The Health Corridor links medical care with transportation, providing space for diagnosis, treatment, recovery and health management both inside and outside the hospital walls.. Ohio’s vast agricultural landscape provides space for natural and transportation systems to coexist.. By intertwining the rail system with the water system, a new region of health, wellness and education is developed.. Earlier high-speed rail schemes sited Ohio s high-speed rail hub within Columbus’s fledgling downtown.. By moving the center of rail activity from downtown to the University district, the rail project focuses on Ohio’s burgeoning service economy.. The focus shifts to hospitals and education, one of Ohio s main exports.. Through the high-speed rail corridor, Ohio State University’s main campus and medical centers are linked to health and education centers in Cleveland and Cincinnati.. Health care is extended throughout the corridor, linking expertise and medical care through the high speed rail.. The project proposes a realignment of transportation systems, looking at Columbus s health, medical and education district, focusing on providing links between emerging bio tech centers, Ohio State s Main Campus, the James Cancer Center and OSU Medical Centers, bringing health and wellness to the newly exposed Olentangy River District.. Water health and transit health are co-developed to expand the environment of patient wellness.. PROJECT TEAM: Karen Lewis, Emma Cuciurean-Zapan, Christine Yankel.. dazzle trains.. Dazzle camouflage was a painting scheme used on World War I warships.. The intent was to break down the visual scale of the ship and make it harder to identify.. Our Dazzle Trains use a similar graphic technique to appropriate the visual affect of the landscapes through which the trains will pass.. The bold graphic style will lend a unified aesthetic to the system while allowing for regional variation.. The Razzle Dazzle motif would extend beyond the skin of the train to create a comprehensive identity for the HSR network.. Existing rail stations could be fitted with new waiting areas whose partitions would incorporate the Dazzle theme.. Even the cocktail napkins in the bar car would be dazzled.. unlocking america’s center.. The white space of America has been used as a blanket term that encapsulates 75 percent of America’s land area and 25 percent of the population that does not reside within one of the 11 megaregions.. The term white space hints at the common attitude toward this vast region as lacking identity, deprived, and empty.. Part of this attitude emerges from the fact that several counties in this white space are deemed as underperforming with declining populations, employment and wages.. Yet simultaneously, this area is at the central core of the country and filled with rich and productive potential.. While America has tended to grow from the coast towards the interior, these regions have never been adequately connected by infrastructure to allow for developed and transforming economies.. This proposal promotes balanced economic development in America, which extends the high-speed rail (HSR) into the edges of this white space, and by doing so, reveals the richness and diversity of such areas.. A series of new HSR terminals interface with existing infrastructures — highways, roads and airports to unlock the identities, productive surfaces and vast economic potential of these communities which are newly linked to various megaregions and their associated global markets.. Further, as these communities develop their economies, they will also have a ripple effect and stimulate new forms of economic growth in surrounding areas — from new technologies and manufacturing processes to developing knowledge and skill resources — further eroding the white space.. The terminus, which operates as an activator, formally indexes and provides legibility to the productive aspects of the land and creates a new identity for these communities.. The constellation of these end points provides a territorial legibility and a sense of place that eradicates the notion of white space.. PROJECT TEAM.. Design Team: Neeraj Bhatia, Maya Przybylski Mason White, Assistant: Ceara Allen.. territory for infrastructure re-purposing.. At the current moment there is neither the political will, nor funding available, for a major, nation-wide, high-speed rail project.. This proposal tries to address these issues and situates a solution in the city of Detroit.. This project addresses the need to create rail infrastructure within a context of a shrinking city and other transportation needs.. This project first creates a new road and rail connection to Canada (a project already planned) moving the border checkpoint inland to meet pre-existing transportation systems.. Moving the border opens up a new territory and allows for a unique political and economic situation where taxes, Stimulus funding, and laws can be adjusted for the purpose of stimulating investment and business interest with the aim of creating high-speed rail infrastructure.. Using the spaces opened up by the new connection to Canada, the proposal creates a system to recycle the thousands of abandoned buildings throughout Detroit into new, pre-cast rail infrastructure.. The project is a factory suspended from the highway and linked to the national rail network.. It allows for material to be processed from old building stock to new rail infrastructure (concrete rail ties, tunnels, platforms, etc.. ) and distributed nationally in an efficient manner.. This proposal attempts to focus on some of the more straightforward logistical problems of creating a new rail network, while attempting to address some of the very real political and economic barriers to actually achieving it.. It also attempts to have a positive effect on one of the countries most troubled cities.. high speed suburbanism.. After decades of auto-centric propaganda, corporate lobbying, massive federal interstate spending, sprawl, congestion, and global warming, America, in its reawakened consciousness of environmental responsibility, is realizing that building solely for automobiles is a misguided endeavor.. The current interest in developing new mobility alternatives such as high speed rail and commuter rail systems in these primarily auto-centric regions provide an opportunity to rethink not only the way we move about but also the way in which we live and work in relation to these fundamental infrastructural systems.. In Houston, the ubiquitous scale of automotive transportation and laissez faire planning have propagated the sprawling, disconnected, low-density patterns of development that characterize the contemporary suburban landscape.. As Houston expects a 3.. 5 million person population growth in the next twenty five years, the fourth largest metropolis in the nation must reconsider alternative forms of transportation to prepare for such a large influx of potential commuters.. With proposals and construction underway, these new modes of transit will bring new scales to the region.. Capitalizing on the link between these scales becomes the critical site of intervention for the continued evolution of our metropolitan environments.. High Speed Suburbanism examines the impact of new modalities within this auto-dominated region and investigates a new typology of development which mediates the shift in scale that new rail transit infrastructures will bring.. Through re-envisioning our relationship to transportation infrastructures, new potentials of inhabitation can emerge to redefine the environmental, social, and cultural structures that typify contemporary suburbanism.. conduit urbanism.. High-speed rail will fundamentally transform North American timespace and its emerging megaregions will be shaped by Conduit Urbanism.. The largest and most populous of the emerging North American megaregions is the Great Lakes Megaregion (GLM).. Its geographic, ecological, and resource-related territory tactically bounds the watershed of the five Great Lakes.. What if the space of this vast territory was collapsed along an elevated line of electrified high speed rail grid connected to the region’s vast wealth of renewable energy, producing zero-energy mobility?.. Existing highly distributed formats of highway-enabled urbanity would be highly pressurized to re-assemble in proximity to the line.. Not only would the conduit move people more efficiently than existing mobility systems, but it would also conduct resource distribution – power, information, water resources and waste streams – supporting development along the line.. Critical sites of exchange with the conduit will locate unique forms of nodal concentrations that benefit from the concentration of cultural resources.. New formats of research centers, collaboratoria and medical facilities will be spawned generating hyper-concentrations of activity and intelligence as a driver for urban form.. In an information economy, the strategic sites of physical information exchange and incubation will become a form of urban desire machines: nodal condensers.. Nodal condensers will reinforce existing urban centers while gathering the location of logistics-based field conditions into their orbits.. Once the potential for zero-energy near instantaneous mobility exists, across borders and across cultures, our desires for non-virtual contact with maximum opportunity will be enabled.. PROJECT TEAM: Geoffrey Thun, Kathy Velikov, Colin Ripley, Zain AbuSeir, Mary O Malley, Dan McTavish, Maya Przybilski, Mike Vortruba, Matt Peddie, Matt Storus, Songja Storey-Fleming, Jeffrey Cheng.. Events.. Van Alen Institute fellows will present ideas gleaned from the competition in dialogue with advisory committee members this summer at a series of panel discussions in high-speed rail megaregions around the country.. JUNE 24, WASHINGTON, D.. :.. BETTER TRANSPORTATION BY DESIGN.. > the National Building Museum, 12:30pm.. JUNE 28, ST.. LOUIS.. LAYING TRACKS FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.. > the Museum of Contemporary Art, 7:00pm.. JULY 7, HOUSTON.. RED STATE RAIL.. > the Baker Institute, 6:00pm.. JULY 12, LOS ANGELES.. AFTER CAR CULTURE: DESIGNING THE NEW LA.. > Caltrans Headquarters, 4:00pm.. Close this window..

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