The Great Suburban Exodus

This proposal envisions an immense and vital solution to a fundamental problem: the continual inefficiency of the American suburb.  In the next 25 years we will build 56 million new homes that will consume 18.8 million acres of virgin land and emit 7.3 billion tons of CO2 per year.  These frameworks of development need to be rethought to meet our ecological carrying capacities.  Why should we invest further energy into past inferior patterns of sprawl?  America needs to position dwellings closer to our existing main infrastructural arteries.  We cannot continue to overextend our thinly disturbed resource lines.

America has always been a nation on the road.  Therefore, we propose to put the suburbs on smart networked wheels. We intend to affix a diverse range of mobility mechanisms to home units that generate our novel HOMEWAY system. In the future, the physical home will remain permanent but its location will be transient. Our static suburbs will be transformed into a dynamic and deployable flow.  Houses will have the option to switch from parked to low speed modes. Homes, big box retail, movie theaters, supermarkets, business hubs, food production, and power plants will depart from their existing sprawled communities and line up along highways to create a truly breathing interconnected metabolic urbanism.  Dense ribbons of food, energy, waste and water elements will follow the direction of moving population clusters. 

This year, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the nation’s roads a D-minus, noting that Americans are spending an estimated 4.2 billion hours a year stuck in traffic and that 45% of major urban highways are congested. The government stimulus grants $27 billion to rebuild our nation's crumbling roads and bridges. We believe we can extrude significantly more advantages by simultaneously integrating housing and infrastructure.  As a substitute for more spread out living, compact linear models sustain greater landscape regeneration.  The long term benefit of reorganizing inefficient and unmanageable sprawling neighborhoods exceeds their prolonged demise.  By intersecting the American desire for auto-mobility with autonomous housing we effectively transform an antiquated lifestyle.  In order to keep up with the age of information, we need housing and infrastructure systems that are incredibly flexible.  Our project calls for a paradigm shift.  We need to be in motion, and initiate our egalitarian right to continuously move.  

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