Over 80 percent of Americans are urban dwellers, and we are a population on the move. Trains, planes and automobiles move us, but what is connecting these modes of transportation in a seamless and safe manor? What opportunities do we have to ease congestion, long wait times and reduce costs and hassle, especially when dragging luggage and other items? O’Hare and Metra alone account for 100 million rides annually. Due to the complexity of the built-environment, bringing in greater efficiencies in connecting and mobility lies at the intersection of architecture, urban planning, transportation engineering and social sciences.
Our objective is to plan the future of how people move in and around airports and transportation hubs, connecting differing modes of transportation using state-of the-art automated walkways. Our teams will discover what’s desirable for moving people and connecting them to where they want to go, articulating costs and benefits in a cohesive plan and inspiring what it takes to be a leader in the “connected city”. We will focus on our local transportation hubs here in Chicago so we can have easy access to ideate around improvements.
This IPRO section will be organized to develop competitive concepts that can create value based on their technological feasibility, user desirability and business viability. The IPRO team will be working with Thyssenkrupp, a world leader in elevator systems and technology, considering their state-of the-art ACCEL people mover technology and systems. The team will also benefit from an external advisory group that includes Teague Design and Ricondo Aviation. The project will result in concepts that create value offering advances in mobility in urban environments.
The competing teams organized in this IPRO section will learn and apply an interdisciplinary approach that involves architecture/city planning, engineering, business and social science. This IPRO experience will offer insights regarding how disciplines work together in real world situations to creatively solve open-ended problems. Students with the goal of becoming an innovator or a leader of innovation will find this IPRO project a compelling experience that builds experience and strengthens credentials.