UCLA Hyperloop SUPRASTUDIO, Route – Fall 2014

UCLA Architecture and Urban Design release the findings from their fall quarter research. Led by Professor Craig Hodgetts the studio has been devoted to building a foundation of knowledge through research into urban demographics, seating arrangements, and topographic conditions.

Under the direction Professor Craig Hodgetts, students in the 2014–15 SUPRASTUDIO program have built upon this research to contemplate where stations in major cities could be based, what the urban planning around those areas might look like, what design solutions could enhance the experience for travelers (as it relates to station design, vessel design and local transportation options to and from Hyperloop stations) and how such a project could be brought to life.

Fall Quarter Research

UCLA’s Hyperloop SUPRASTUDIO is looking at all the factors to be considered to make the Hyperloop concept a reality including studies of the hills and valleys along possible routes, and how the right-of-way might affect nearby houses or farms through which it might pass. The studio is studying where people might live who want to take advantage of the speed and convenience the Hyperloop is expected to offer, while considering various locations for stations and the networks of roads, public transportation, and even bicycle routes which might bring people to the terminal.

The Hyperloop terminal itself is the subject of a comparative study of terminals around the world owing to the challenge of providing for up to 120 departures, and an equal number of arrivals every hour, leading the students to speculate on how robots or mechanized turntables might be used. Understanding and defining the most unique elements of the whole idea – the pneumatic tube through which the passenger compartment will travel, and the passenger compartment itself, has inspired the studio to investigate unprecedented devices for boarding, for entertainment, and for simple human comfort.

The studio conceives the system as a whole, rather than as a collection of parts, in which each piece has a role to play in a harmonious, seamless transportation system. This as a rare opportunity, where i systems, innovation, and design present an opportunity to come together, under one roof.

Students participating in this remarkable effort come from all around the globe including Greece, China, India, and the USA. They share an enthusiasm for the future, for the impact the Hyperloop can have on ordinary people and for the overall nearly utopian impact it will have on energy and global warming.

During the fall quarter students have created maps and diagrams, built models, and even a full-scale mock-up to extend their understanding of the limits and potentials of the concept. They have not yet set about doing what they came together to do – the winter and spring quarters will be devoted to design, down to the smallest detail, to show how the Hyperloop might come to life.

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc. is hosted by the unique collaboration platform JumpStartFund. Comprised of 100 core team members – professionals, engineers and designers, etc. from some of the most esteemed organizations on the planet including Boeing, Airbus, NASA, Harvard, UCLA, Stanford, and others – who are collaborating globally in the U.S., Asia, Australia and Europe. Hyperloop will also release a new crowd-storm document expanding on concepts and sharing the most recent developments produced by the company. Highlights from the paper include detailed cost, route and safety analyses.

SUPRASTUDIO 2014–15 is part of A.UD’s IDEAS, a platform for cross-disciplinary research and collaborations among students, faculty and industry partners that questions, challenges and expands the current parameters of architectural practice. IDEAS is located at the Hercules Campus in Playa Vista, Calif., the historic site where Howard Hughes built the Spruce Goose aircraft in the 1940s.


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