Mobilization of the multi-tasking machine: Up-cycling the interstate and defense highways
Frantom, Wyatt Jacob
Master of Architecture
The metropolis is governed by a certain internal logic, an ' operating system' that we are often blind; initiated at the command line and materialized through mass mobility. The code for this operating system is realized through both very specific and more esoteric social rules and practices, conventions (local code restrictions, signs and semantics) which encode our motive environment, directing our movement, allowing or more often determining our personal inertia. This operating system has more to do with timing and the interactivity of planned coincidences than with built form. While speculative, this thesis preemptively explores a potential amendment to the jurisdictional constraints between architects and developers, planners and policymakers; seeking a collaborative and comprehensive approach to reconditioning the metropolis by up-cycling our highways for alternate occupation, multiplicity and intermodality. This thesis is both a speculation into one area of the metropolitan 'operating system'---it functions as a precursor to a larger manifesto, an initial attempt to decipher, decode and recode the metropolis. Mobilization of the multi-tasking machine.
Landscape architecture; Urban planning; Regional planning