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Summer 8-16-2014


Labenz, Shane A. "Transportation Urbanism" Master of Architecture Thesis, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2014


A THESIS Presented to the Architecture Faculty of The College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Architecture, Major: Architecture, Under the Supervision of Professor Peter Hind. Lincoln, Nebraska: August, 2014

Copyright (c) 2014 Shane A. Labenz


The purpose of this thesis exploration is to propose a new type of building development in order to enhance the abilities of the current building and transportation infrastructure so that it is better able to serve the future of the city. Therefore, the product of this thesis should be able to consider the projected growth of the city the development serves, and be able to reduce the effects of suburban sprawl by encouraging more dense development patterns at the periphery of the city.

The new development to be proposed should focus itself along unused or under-utilized land with direct connections to existing transportation networks. The solution of this thesis exploration should be mindful of how it connects to the city in order to facilitate the movement of goods and people into, out of, and through the site.

Another important aspect to be considered is the potential integration of future transportation modes on the site – which will influence the way the site is developed. This means the new development, designed to serve the growth of transportation networks will look to develop new programmatic relationships between its transportation systems and the future buildings/users on the site.

The development, as a new construction aligned with the goals of architecture and transportation, should consider its own sustainability as a new development type, potentially influencing the way our cities grow into the future. Consequently, the solution should look to incorporate renewable energy sources and consider the agricultural potential of the site.

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