• 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

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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The phrases and megalopolis concepts of BosWash and BosNYWash were coined decades ago and are pretty common concepts in urban planning (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BosWash)
T.W.I.N.S. is an idea to establish a single-standard global infrastructure system that includes all nations who shall eventually be linked to an international system thus giving access to any nation within minutes and hours, not days. The Aqua=Terra (Land=Sea=Land) T.W.I.N.S. projects (www.aquaterraplanetaryholdings.us) are designed with three foundational components, all to be built mostly sub-ground while providing a single-standard national and global infrastructure system, as is the case with the electronic internet system with its base being a single-standard operating system. The three components of T.W.I.N.S. are: an advanced power-grid system able to convert and transfer power within any nation and then internationally; an advanced (350-4,000+ mph) transportation system; and a network of self-sustaining and sufficient Urbanized Terra (Land) and Aqua (Oceanic) Stations able to sustain life regardless of the outer climatic and environmental conditions. With Great Respect, Yon
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