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Autonomous Urbanism

Towards a New Transitopia!

ByEvan Shieh

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Autonomous Urbanism: Towards a New Transitopia! envisions a near future (the year 2047) in which the Autonomous Vehicle (AV) has catalyzed a mobility paradigm shift towards autonomous public transit as a model of regional urban growth in the city of Los Angeles, in order to combat many of the major negative externalities that the private automobile has imparted onto its urban realm: urban sprawl, traffic congestion, environmental unsustainability, and mobility inequality. Methodologically, it proposes an alternative top-down AV-incorporated transit planning model that is populated by a bottom-up narrative framework: an architectural graphic novel that envisions this future world through the eyes of 5 distinct Angeleno archetypes as they experience this mobility paradigm shift first-hand. This manifesto offers a radical story that might convince the everyday city-dweller that alternatives to car culture can exist, a set of concrete policies that would enable this potential LA of 2047 to emerge, and finally a set of urban implications and lessons-learned for the design and planning of the city of the future. While the private car caused public transit to historically decline in the United States, we must now use the automated car to return us back to public transit as a model of urban growth. In envisioning this potential urban future and delineating the design, planning, & policy paths that one might take towards achieving it, this manifesto contends that there is hope in transitioning from the Autopia of today, to a Transitopia of tomorrow. This is a big shift. Are cities and their inhabitants ready? ____________________ Evan Shieh is an architect, urbanist, researcher and educator. His interdisciplinary research focuses on the spatial impact of mobility infrastructure and new mobility technologies on design, planning and other key aspects of the built environment. He is the founder and director of Emergent Studio LLC, a design & research studio working at architecture’s intersection with urbanism, landscape, and infrastructure. A graduate of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Evan has taught architecture and urban design as an Assistant Professor and an Adjunct Faculty in Architecture at a variety of renowned design institutions including at Parsons the New School, New York Institute of Technology, the City College of New York, the University of Virginia, and Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.


Publication Date
Jul 15, 2022
Comics & Graphic Novels
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
By (author): Evan Shieh


Interior Color
Executive (7 x 10 in / 178 x 254 mm)

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