The BRT Corridor Design Workshop A semester long class taught simultaneouslySchools of Architecture and Planning and Engineering atMIT and Schools of Engineering and Architecture, Design, and Urban Studies (FADEU) of PUC-Chile. Rosanna Forray, Rocio Hidalgo, Juan Carlos MunozJan Wampler, Chris Zegras, John Attanucci, Nigel Wilson
Working hypothesis• BRT systems can be a successful driver of urban revitalization, conditional upon proper, integrated design – routes, – public spaces, – real estate projects, – and related policy packages• Testing this hypothesis requires a combination of disciplines and contexts.
Partners• Architecture and Planning (SAP) and the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at MIT and the Schools of Engineering and Architecture, Design, and Urban Studies (FADEU) of PUC-Chile.• Academics and graduate students from both institutions• A selection of 15 Master’s students from Academic Departments at both universities (i.e., 30 total) who will complete the semester-long workshop, for credit.• This collaboration builds from previous professional and personal experiences among the members
Overall Objectives1. help fill a practical knowledge gap regarding urban design for BRT implementation using real BRT examples from different urban contexts,2. develop and demonstrate innovative design solutions for actual on-the-ground conditions; and,3. teach the next generation of urban designers and transportation planners how to integrate BRT and urban design.
BRT Design Objectives• Identify conditions necessary for urban design to lead to “successful” BRT – including equitable and inclusionary processes and outcomes• We will examine – the corridors themselves (allocation of space to different vehicles, modes, and activities);• urban space and its role in mitigating the adverse elements of BRT that might inhibit urban revitalization;• policy and social measures that can lead to equitable outcomes, with particular attention to housing availability and affordability.
Approach: Workshop Specifics• Simultaneously implemented in both universities – enable cross-learning across the contexts and the various disciplines involved.• Broad parameters for student “design”: – Can BRT deliver TOD by integrating BRT corridors and stations into the urban physical and social fabrics in which it operates?• Focus on innovations, with integral vision from the “vehicles to the buildings”
Project Phases• Workshop Preparation: January, 2013-August, 2013. – Developing all necessary support materials – Selecting participating students.• Workshop Implementation: August, 2013-December, 2013 – Beginning August, 2013. PUC Students start work on the Santiago Corridor. – Week of 26 August, 2013. MIT students and faculty visit Santiago. – Sept-October, 2013: Classes proceed in parallel, focusing on Santiago Corridor. – Week of 14 (or 21) October: PUC students and faculty visit MIT. – October-December, 2013: Classes proceed in parallel, focusing on Boston Corridor. – December, 2013-January, 2014: Final presentations of final products.• Post-Workshop Synthesis: January-May 2014 – Final, bi-lingual project report and website – site-specific proposals; – generalizable design recommendations – educational lessons.• Project Continuation….?
In Sum• Bring together multi-disciplinary mix of students and faculty: – Urban planning and policy; – Urban design and architecture; – Transportation planning and engineering.• Objectives: – develop new pedagogical techniques, – new urban design/planning/transportation innovations, – new levels of trans-disciplinary knowledge among the students, and – experience in working in the field for specific clients and a range of stakeholder groups.• Offer experiences working, collaboratively: – across disciplines; – for a “client” on a “real” project; – in two distinct contexts; – across different cultures.