The Great Suburban Exodus
How can our cities extend into the suburbs sustainability? We propose to put
our future American dwellings on wheels. These retrofitted houses will flock
towards downtown city cores and back. We intended to reinforce our existing
highways between cities with an intelligent renewable infrastructure.
Therefore our homes will be enabled to flow continuously from urban core to
Our proposal envisions an immense and vital solution to a fundamental
problem: American suburbs fail to work efficiently. In the next 25 years we will
build 56 million new homes that will consume 18.8 million acres of virgin land
and emit 7.3 billion tons of CO2 per year. These frameworks of development
need to be rethought to meet our ecological carrying capacities. Why should
we put further energy into past inferior patterns? America needs to deliver
dwellings closer to our existing main infrastructural arteries. We cannot
continue to overextend our thinly disturbed resource lines.
America has always been a nation on the road. We desire to move the
suburbs on smart networked wheels. We intend to affix a diverse range of
mobility mechanisms to home units that generate our novel HOMEWAY
system. In the future, the physical home will remain permanent but its location
will be transient. Our static suburbs will be transformed into a dynamic and
deployable flow. Houses will have the option to switch from parked to low
speed. Homes, big box retail, movie theaters, supermarkets, business hubs,
food production, and power plants will depart from their existing sprawled
communities and line up along highways to create a truly breathing
interconnected metabolic urbanism. Dense ribbons of food, energy, waste
and water elements will follow the direction of moving population clusters.
Terreform ONE, Mitchell Joachim, Maria Aiolova, Melanie Fessel, Philip Weller,
Ian Slover, Landon Young, Cecil Howell, Andrea Michalski, Sofie Bamberg,
Alex Colard, Zachary Aders.