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Undergraduate Senior Thesis Project. As a student at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art&Design, Ann Arbor, I was afforded two semesters to pursue a project of my own choosing. I sought to combine my interests in architecture and transportation design, while focusing mostly on the transportation aspect, to visualize a system that would benefit my home city of Detroit. I sought to create a system that would link the secondary city of Detroit with the primary cities of Chicago and Toronto.
The year is 2040 and due to deteriorating climactic conditions brought on by global warming, state governments have started to tax carbon, leading to the demise of the aviation industry. Regional hyperloop networks have sprung up connecting primary and secondary cities, with transportation centers that are meant to replace airports. I am focusing on designing a transportation center in Mexican Town, Detroit andthe interior and exterior of the pod that will travel between these cities.
The Hyperloop Concept places a passenger train-known as a pod-within a pressurized tube that eliminates air resistance and sound, allowing for supersonictransport- 700+ mph- of people and goods on the ground. A three-class interior configuration with adittional space for freight allows for the maximum utilization ofspace while transporting freight and passengers in one vehicle.
By connecting the cities of Detroit, Toronto, and Chicago, the city of Detroit would benefit over a system that would allow for passengers to travel between these cities in just over half an hour, almost a quarter of the current travel time between these cities. Because of the rapid travel times, the current planning and development trends could be re-considered, allowing for citizens to work and live in a different state or country than which they work and currently live in. Inherently, this will allow for the current urban practices to be reconsidered, allowing for more sustained methods of land development to be put into place.