Urban borders Honorable mention
Work title: No Gravity No Ground (0000701543)
In the 19th century, elevators were invented to fight gravity and take people away from the ground. Since then skyscrapers have been dominating the profiles of cities. As technology advances, it is getting possible to control gravity in a more delicate manner. This novel technique opens a new field of architecture, which manipulates space beyond our imaginations and creates a distinct style of living.
In the old times, roundabouts were favored for their various applications, and were always the focus of city development. However, such junctions become inappropriate nowadays because of the surged population density in cities. They cause traffic jams, occupy a large area, and complicate traveling. To resolve these problematic traffic structures, we decide to apply the novel technology of gravity control. We plan to turn roundabouts into multi-facet traffic hubs and fully explore the deserted lands.
Can you imagine what it will be if we can walk on the wall or even the ceiling of a room? This is not a dream if we are able to control gravity like USA NASA does for training astronauts. Given a room, we plan to place a gravity-control device on each plane such that the GL will not be on one plane only. There will be no distinctions between floor, walls, and ceiling. And you can move from any point to another directly without any curving.
We wish to resolve the traffic problems from roundabouts using the principle of breaking. We quantitatively study traffic flow by counting passing cars, traffic lights and the intervals. Using these data, we figure out the arrangement that traffic won’t bump into each other. Such arrangement is feasible if we control gravity and generate new spaces between planes. We hope that this will explore the deserted lands and renovate the business at the roundabouts.