Transportation And Architecture: Who Influences Who
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This thesis provides some answers to the question: how do the advances of technology in the transportation infrastructure predestine how one designs the built environment? The Typology for the examination of this problem is a multimodal transit station. The Theoretical Premise/Unifying Idea that guides the research is the built environment needs to be the forerunner subjecting the transportation infrastructure to the needs of the built environment. The Project Justification is Advances in transportation technology or simply a new development, for better or worse change the mode by which we get there. A cumulative approach with a focus on the built environment provides a better functioning city or town environment. Planes, trains and automobiles. There are three forms of travel, some obviously are used more than the others. Throughout recent history (the last 50-100 years) the three transportation industries have battled one another for a public buy in. The automobile has gained most support and respect despite its advancement. Reasons are one’s own for their interest in the automobile. However, for better or worse, the automobile and its infrastructure, dictates over the organization of the built environment.The users will largely be travelers to and from the Duluth area in northern Minnesota. The client and financier is the government on local, state and national levels. The major project elements are those concerning a transit station, visitor center, multimode transportation center, and parking garage. The site is located near the Historic Depot in Duluth, MN off of Lake Superior. This thesis emphasizes the exploration of the relationship the transportation infrastructure has in defining our cities and towns. It does this by looking at urban issues across the board: travel, food, novelties, rental vehicles, parks, parking, and pedestrian ways, to name a few. The building is 70,550 square feet, with a 360 stall parking garage and 4.5 acres of park.