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I-11: Sustainable Supercorridor

Samuels, L.C.; (2015) I-11: Sustainable Supercorridor. In: Dolan, T. and Collins, B., (eds.) International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure Conference Proceedings: 30 September - 1 October 2014 International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA),Schloss Laxenburg, Vienna, Austria. (pp. pp. 35-40). UCL STEaPP: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Recently enacted Federal transportation legislation known as MAP-21 — Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century — has brought renewed attention to a proposed interstate corridor connecting Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. Part of the much larger Interstate 11 proposal linking Mexico and Canada (otherwise known as the CANAMEX or Intermountain West Corridor), a new type of corridor has the potential to signal a break from the 1950s model of road building and the start of a new, technologically advanced and sustainably minded network of smart infrastructure. Using I-11 as a case study, the intent of this larger research effort is to explore three key ways otherwise status quo infrastructure can be transformed into innovative sustainable solutions: by intervening in the design and planning process, by transforming the existing mono-functional freeway prototype, and by evolving the freeway paradigm from an “engineering only” to a “sustainability first” model. In collaboration with partner schools along the route (University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and University of Nevada, Las Vegas), researchers and design affiliates from architecture, planning, landscape architecture, engineering, and environmental studies are coinvestigating the possibilities of transforming the proposed I-11 freeway from a limited use, auto-dominant roadway into a sustainable, multi-functional, ecologically and socio-economically focused Supercorridor. This presentation will focus on seven sites selected between Casa Grande and Nogales, Arizona and the next generation infrastructure prototype design proposals developed in the 2014 interdisciplinary urban design studio.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: I-11: Sustainable Supercorridor
Event: International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure Conference (ISNGI 2014)
Location: International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA),Schloss Laxenburg, Vienna, Austria
Dates: 30 September - 1 October 2014
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/steapp/isngi/proceedings
Language: English
Keywords: Supercorridor, Interdisciplinary, Grand Challenge, Interstate 11, Next Generation Infrastructure
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > STEaPP
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1469078
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