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The city dweller navigates space as a driver, alternating between automotive and architectural spaces. These two types of spaces are distinguished by their scales, motion, restriction of movement, and accommodation of program. Automotive space is designed for the motion of automobiles- infrastructural elements of the city that connect destinations. However, the movement of automobiles through this space is highly restricted by speed limits, stop lights, and lane changes. This space is designed entirely at the scale of the car and the standardized amount of space required to move, park, turn, and gain speed. This limits automotive space strictly to the programmatic use of driving and does not interface with its counterpart- architectural space. Architecture is inherently stationary with a greater sense of place and permanence than automotive motion. It is designed at the human scale with a focus on the occupant’s spatial experience, and though it may incorporate an architectural promenade or suggestive circulation, people can move freely throughout the space and experience it at their will. Also inherent to architectural space is its ability to accommodate any programmatic use with varying degrees of corresponding design specificity.


Freed Parking: Towards a New Culture of Architecture and Automobility  

book completed for Thesis Preparation at Syracuse University School of Architecture, fall 2011