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.