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A winning vision for the future of urban mobility

Yoon and partner awarded grand prize in international competition.
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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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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Image courtesy of Höweler+Yoon Architecture

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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