Waterfront Suburbanism

[Massachusetts Institute of Technology]
The Moreton Bay Area, located in Eastern Australia, is experiencing a rapid population growth. The expanse of the suburbs is increasingly demolishing the region's rich and bio-diverse aquatic landscapes. Meanwhile, this horizontal spread is leading to rampant commuting congestion.  
 
This project takes on two challenges: reorganizing the suburbs as a 30 minute city: an city-region where people have access to all daily necessities within a 30 minute commute, and transforming the suburbs into places of human- and animal cohabitation. It imagines a scenario when the ongoing mobility transition has reached the next stage, and vehicles have become fully autonomous.
 
The proposed strategy of Waterfront Suburbanism rests on three corner stones. Canopy Corridors offers an answer to the destructive development of the suburbs. The smaller footprint of the driverless cars allows for the creation of green communal spaces that penetrate deep into the suburbs. Sociable Mobility imagines how the fundamental asocial character of the 20th century car-dominated suburbs might change. By using mobility transfers as places of shared interactions, the arteries of the neighborhoods transform into social corridors. Moving Microgrids speculates about synergies between the changing energy needs of an electrified vehicle fleet and decentralized electricity generation. A series of microgrids replaces the existing centralized grid and offers locally generated energy to the suburbs’ communal facilities.
MIT, Fall 2019, supervised by Prof. Rafi Segal, Alan Berger & Jonah Susskind
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