UCLA Hyperloop SUPRASTUDIO, Station Reconfiguration– Winter 2015

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SUPRASTUDIO team. Courtesy of UCLA Architecture & Urban Design.

UCLA Architecture and Urban Design releases the findings from their winter 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.

UCLA’s Hyperloop SUPRASTUDIO with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc. Powered by JumpStartFund in conjunction with engineers and expert consultants are having a meaningful critical discussion to begin the process to impact the way we think about high-speed transit tube systems for the future.

Winter Quarter Research

By utilizing the research from the first quarter the studio will develop specific design scenarios for various parts of the Hyperloop.

Using the full-scale mock-up as a base, the students will experiment with various seating and storage layouts to achieve maximum comfort, convenience and efficiency. These layouts will serve also as important opportunities to introduce potential users to the Hyperloop experience, and to observe how they respond. Various entertainment options will be explored as well, such as video projections, sound effects, and interactive surfaces, all of which can be simulated at actual size within the mock-up of the passenger compartment.

Refined concepts for the station, including operational designs will be developed in this quarter. Advanced ideas for security checks, baggage handling, and “last mile” transportation will be choreographed to achieve a seamless experience, wherein the endless queues, delays, security checks, and distances will be streamlined and consolidated into a single “stream” through the use of advanced software and careful design. By minimizing the time spent from curb to seat, the goal is to reduce the size of the station itself, thereby reducing its impact on the surrounding urban context. Specific ideas regarding last-mile transportation links, such as Hyperloop-financed autonomous vehicles, or high-density auto storage will be investigated as a way to further minimize the footprint of the station complex.

This quarter will also see the development of the right-of-way, including the pneumatic tube structure, the tunnels and supporting columns, and design of accessories to meet special conditions, such as emergency exits, switches to enable cars to by-pass one another, and plans for service and access.

UCLA Hyperloop SUPRASTUDIO team includes: Craig Hodgetts, Professor; Marta Nowak, Lecturer; David Ross, Lecturer; Students: Shuangjiao Hu, Junfeng Hong, Xiaoyuan Li, Chunhua Chiu, Puyang
Hou, Christos Kyratsous, Jie Li, Jinliang Chen, Sruthi Kumar, Hanxiong Liu, Danfeng Chen, Hui Feng, Yifan Zhang, Suhua Wang, Xianshuang Zeng, Yafel Zhang, Weizhong Zhang, Shuyan Zhang,
Milagro Carpio, Qiaoyue Wang, Yayun Zhou, Zeynep Aysu Unal, Matt Whitham, Kai Qian, Shijie Zhang.

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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