Given the observable changes in our society’s technological capabilities and cultural norms, we, as designers, are forced to examine inevitable infrustructural development. This project proposes an architectural scenario brought about by the dawn of self-driving, autonomous vehicles in the Baum-Centre Corridor of Pittsburgh, PA. Examining the current reality of the site, as a busy, mixed-use area, project inspiration was drawn from the lack of green space and over-abundance of parcelized parking. From there, the appropriate project reveals itself as a communal parking garage that absorbs surface lots in the short term and develops into new places of living, working, and commerce as autonomous parking increases space efficiency and subscription models and ridesharing decrease vehicle storage demand. This is exciting as a sustainable development that addresses current needs and adapts flexibly to future possibilities while positively influencing and responding to the community and surrounding context. This project was done in partnership with Kerrian France.
Our technological and cultural change assumptions, which influenced the direction of our project.
Diagrams beginning to explain the reallocation of parking space as technology allows for greater efficiency.
Axon of the site and surroundings showing the development in its initial state as a parking garage.
In a flexible modular system, the parking garage can be repurposed as the site demands.
As the function of the buildings transitions from strictly parking to mixed use, so to does the architecture as reflected in these elevations.
Overtime the development will allow the neighborhood's surface lots to transform into green space or denser development.
The building complex use will transition over time as demand changes.
The ground floor plan stays consistent as a public space of recreation and retail that blends with the surrounding context for pedestrians and vehicle users alike.
The upper floor plans gradually transition from parking to office, commercial, hotel, and housing as needed.