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A+D's SOUPERgreen Rethinks the Los Angeles Landscape With Cutting Edge Sustainable Tech

by , 04/12/11

A+D Museum, SOUPERgreen, SOUPERgreen INconversation, David Hertz, Wes Jonas, Randolph Ruiz, Aryan Omar, Doug Jackson, Steven Purvis, Green Architecture, Sustainable Architecture, Urban Design

Wes Jones’ design was an innovative response to the daunting problem of Los Angeles’ traffic and (sub)urban sprawl. By capitalizing on the use of vertical space above highways, his ELOV (extra-low occupancy vehicle) house is part sci-fi parking garage and part luxury living pad. The house’s interaction with the highway is an important feature, and it harnesses much of its energy from passing cars as they roll over special electricity generating speed bumps. The ELOV car itself is half the width of a smart car, yet long enough to accommodate two people. The cars are meant to ease traffic congestion on Los Angeles highways, while addressing the lack of parking space in the city. Its display was presented as a massive comic strip, which had a futuristic, post-green revolution narrative, alongside detailed specs of the ELOV transportation/housing model.

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