BOSWASH, from Boston to Washington,, United States
Howeler + Yoon Architecture

Boswash, the megalopolis spanning from Boston to Washington, D.C., home to over 53 million and a third of the U.S. gross domestic product, has passed from exception to norm, with over 80 percent of the U.S. population living within one of nine megalopolitan regions. Boswash’s sprawling networks of suburbs, exurbs, and high-density urban corridors are linked, divided, and inscribed through the infrastructures of mobility, communication, and economics. An overlay of itineraries and trajectories that crisscross the territory offer a dense web of transportation options, without a dominant system or easy transfer from one mode to another. 
 
Due to a precipitous decline in spending, the U.S. infrastructure network is perilously close to collapse. In Boswash, the first generation of infrastructure projects built during the Eisenhower era a half-century ago is approaching the end of its useful life, with no new investment on the horizon. Unsustainable land-use patterns, intermodal exchanges, and failing infrastructure are key challenges for Boswash. Meanwhile, American land-use patterns (strip mall sprawl, cul-de-sac suburbs) and their attendant architectural typologies (decorated sheds, McMansions) have been exported worldwide, making Boswash an unintended role model for urbanization. As such, it represents a possible prototype for the middle-aged infrastructure network—one in need of an extreme makeover. 
 
Shareway 2030 is a mobility platform and operating system that restructures the relationships between property and access, allowing users to move along efficient mobility networks while remaining free of car and home ownership. Through a combination of physical infrastructure (hardware) and intelligent networks (software), Shareway makes travel effortless and reconfigures the structure of cities and suburbs. Proximity is a function of time and location. Geography is negotiated by speed. Distance is displaced by access. Convenience is remapped through new forms of conveyance. 
 
Shareway Bundle replaces the highway with a coordinated multimodal system of transportation that builds on existing infrastructures and enables high-speed transit and seamless transfers. Strands of transportation, consisting of the suspended high speed train, regional rails, smart vehicles, cars and trucks, exist in tandem providing passengers with not only the freedom to choose their mode of transportation but also the ability to switch between strands of speed via the Elastic Road. Calibrating values and desires brings Boswash passengers to their final destinations with efficiency and consistency.
 
Ride sharing enables new patterns of commuting and time-sharing restructures the definition of “home.” The Superhub located in Newark, New Jersey, displaces New York as the new capital of Boswash. Access to mobility is the ultimate metric of urban life. Having traded ownership for sharing, the new American dream of freedom and opportunity transforms the shape of the urban landscape.  
 
Surveying the contemporary city, we bear witness to the shift from center-periphery to sprawling orbits of diffuse urban territories. The mechanisms that produced this condition are bound by technological and lifestyle aspirations of the American dream. To rethink the city and mobility is to rethink ownership and economic opportunity.
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