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Philip Weller

Philip Weller

New York, NY, US

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Homeway

 America has long been a nation on wheels, and dependent on its highways. In 2009, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the nation’s roads a D-minus, noting that Americans are spending an estimated 4.2 billion hours a year stuck in traffic and that 45% of major urban highways are congested. The government stimulus grants $27 billion to rebuild our nation’s crumbling roads and bridges. We believe we can acquire significantly more bang for the government’s buck by simultaneously integrating housing and infrastructure. As a substitute for more spread out living, compact linear models tolerate landscape regeneration. The long term benefit of moving inefficient and unmanageable sprawling neighborhoods exceeds their prolonged demise. Why should we put further energy into an inferior pattern? By intersecting the American desire for auto-mobility with autonomous housing, we effectively transform an antiquated lifestyle. In order to keep up with the age of information, we need housing and infrastructure systems that are incredibly flexible. Our project calls for a paradigm shift. We need to be in motion, and initiate our egalitarian right to continuous mobility.

We intend to affix a diverse range of mobility mechanisms to home units to generate the 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 sprawl patterns 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.

 
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Status: Unbuilt
Location: US Highway System

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