Master of Architecture
Christopher Smith received a Bachelor of Animation from Columbia College Chicago. Using digital
and analogue techniques, he gained an influential amount of architectural experience working at his father’s
architectural illustration studio.Smith has already situated himself as a working professional
at the local firm bKL Architecture.
Hyperloop in the City
Hyper-connected. Hyper-compact. And Hyper-efficient. At the intersection of urban life and high speed
travel, Hyperloop in the City provides the ability to traverse easily from city to city by integrating commercial
travel with urban culture,information gathering, environmental awareness, infrastructure development
and commercial viability. Here, the boundaries of public and private space will be blurred together.
The time is now for the introduction of a new form of travel, an alternative to what we already know.
Outside of the Zeppelin airship, which was developed back in 1900, transportation has largely become updated
iterations of pre-existing designs. By adapting existing infrastructure and combining it with areas of new
infrastructure and technological advancements, a true evolution of transportation could be achieved.
Hyperloop in the City is a contemporary form of high-speed travel. Essentially a steel encased low-pressure
tube system, passenger filled capsules are whisked throughout the length of the tubes at speeds up to 700 miles
per hour. A cushion of pressurized air and aerodynamic lift minimizes friction and provides support for the capsules.
Acceleration boosts occurs at various intervals along the tube system via engines mounted on each capsule.
Stations would be located at the ends of the looped system or at possible intervals along the way. Passengers
have to just simply sit back and enjoy the ride.
A reflection of modern society itself, transportation hubs are both the launching pad and a meeting point
that have shaped the current modes of travel. By re-thinking the programmatic design of a modern
transportation hub, we can initiate an evolution of the cross-pollination between architecture, transportation
and an active society. The next stage of this evolutionary process is the inclusion of the hub
into the urban landscape it supports.