• With continuous intermodal sharing and switching along its length, the Shareway Bundle offers options for a new lifestyle in which sharability becomes a new currency.

    With continuous intermodal sharing and switching along its length, the Shareway Bundle offers options for a new lifestyle in which sharability becomes a new currency.

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A winning vision for the future of urban mobility

With continuous intermodal sharing and switching along its length, the Shareway Bundle offers options for a new lifestyle in which sharability becomes a new currency.

Yoon and partner awarded grand prize in international competition.


Architecture professor Meejin Yoon and her partner, Eric Höweler, have won the Audi Urban Futures 2012 Award — a €100,000 prize ($132,142) — for their proposal to create a new kind of transportation platform in the Boston to Washington corridor.

The award was judged and presented as part of the Istanbul Design Biennial 2012.

Höweler+Yoon Architecture was one of five architectural offices asked to develop a vision on future urban mobility for the competition, each focused on the metropolitan region they call home.

For the region they nicknamed BosWash, Höweler and Yoon imagined a "Shareway" that would merge all forms of transport into a single artery, piggy-backing a new bundled high-speed rail infrastructural system on the existing interstate.

All modes of transport — commuter and freight trains, cars, bikes and pedestrians — would coexist on a multi-level track that follows the 450-mile route and connect to a ‘Superhub’ in Newark with an airport, seaport, rail station and interstate intersection, along with parking and storage.

The proposal also includes house-sharing programs and a proposal to convert vacant Baltimore land into agricultural fields.

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Topics: Architecture, Awards, honors and fellowships, Cities, Faculty, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E), Transportation, Urban studies and planning, Arts

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