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  • Transport Futures Lab

    TRANSPORTATION FUTURES LABORATORY April-June 2009 | Studio Instructor Jose Oubrerie Columbus, Ohio is defi ned by its transportation routes. The early frontier outpost only grew into a city once connected by rail to Baltimore and Chicago. It expanded along its primary axes as streetcars allowed workers to reside outside the city center. Further expansion following the Second World War was made possible by widespread automobile ownership and the continuing expansion of the interstate highway system. Now, as the world faces exploding population, resource scarcity, and environmental degradation, the means and methods of human conveyance must be fundamentally rethought. Columbus, lacking reliable public transportation, seems poised to embrace new technologies that can redefi ne its local and regional transportation networks. For future transit networks to succeed in Columbus, they must interface with the existing infrastructure, either by using it explicitly, or connecting to it at strategic transfer points. The resulting form can be read as a thickening and inhabitation of the highway exit ramp and overpass, a laboratory devoted to the study of transportation infrastructure and the impact it has on the shape of our cities, the functioning of our economy, and the psychology of our populace. SOFTWARE Rhino 3D, Grasshopper AutoCAD Adobe Photoshop MATERIALS CNC-milled MDF 3D Printed ABS Plastic