The Great Revolving Boulevard (pt. 1)

First, a short disclaimer. The term Great is employed not out of delusions of self-grandeur or admiration for the project in itself, but rather as a defining goal for The Great Revolving Boulevard: a return to a public transportation infrastructure that communicates importance and distinction, encouraging commuting from commuters through its inspiring spaces. The Great Revolving Boulevard aims to reclaim the aforementioned sense of greatness, or grandeur, often associated with nostalgic environments such as New York City’s Grand Central Station, La Gare du Nord in Paris, and even, in some respects, Los Angeles’ own Union Sation, without letting sustainability fall by the wayside, and without reverting to past architectural styles.

Fundamentally, The Great Revolving Boulevard is an attempt at creating a truly natural public mobility extension, synonymous with the freedom of walking, as outlined inĀ Extensions of a Mobile Astronaut: The Function of Astronauto. By supplementing the straight-line trajectory of current mass transit solutions with the monumental revolving pedestrian platforms of The Great Revolving Boulevard, an increased freedom of mobility is offered to commuters.

The Great Revolving Boulevard is still very much a project in evolution, and its development will be updated regularly throughout the duration of its design. Consequently, its final manifestation is at this point, quite unknown. At its core however, The Boulevard is comprised of a series of massive, interconnected pedestrian platforms, themselves separated into several circular lanes, both static and revolving. By moving onboard and between revolving platforms and their respective lanes, commuters can travel through, above, and below Hollywood at an increased pace than that which is naturally possible on conventional streets, void of any ambulant amplification. Through the implementation of a public transportation system that requires commuters to walk, an equal sense of freedom and discovery to that of the conventional street is nevertheless retained. And by proposing a method of walking speed amplification, walking in itself receives consideration as a viable mobility solution for both short and longer distance voyages by a more diverse demographic. Platforms are both aboveground, in which case they are transparent, and underground, in which case they are porous, conspicuously following the primary Hollywood and West Hollywood boulevards. By introducing a circular motion pattern paired with the freedom of walking, rather than a straight motion pattern paired with the constraints of a rectangular metal box beyond a passenger’s control, greater spontaneity and discovery can define the public transportation experience.

I’ll conclude this post by restating that which I have already stated several times prior. No matter how harshly critical I may appear to be of current mass transit systems, I nevertheless see their immeasurable value and am indeed one of their greatest proponents. The Great Revolving Boulevard is not meant as a absolute replacement of current transit solutions, but rather as an alternative and a counterpart. Once again, adaptability and sustainability are only attainable through diversity.

And yes, pending subsequent development, the above description, as well as the sketches below, are purposefully abstract.


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