The Living Roads Project - A 'continuous monument' to our collective interdependence
A Living Road becomes a proxy for our relationship to larger, more complex systems. It is a hybrid of biological and technological layers, a continuous organism that uses sunlight to generate a wireless, distributed electricity and internet field. This field simultaneously connects and powers everything from our homes to our shared driverless vehicles.
Once 'grown', a living road is handed over to the local community who are responsible for its ongoing nurturing program. Failure to nurture a living road has direct ramifications on a community's quality of life such as compromised internet and electricity access.
A future Sydney visualised through 3 suburbs. Outer West (Penrith), Middle West (Auburn) and Inner West (Glebe)
Penrith, Sydney 2014
Penrith, Sydney 2040 The Living Road's AI network directs traffic autonomously creating a safe, shared trafficable space. Driveways have become a rare feature along a suburban streetscape due to the well serviced electric bus and shared driverless car network. Micro farming has become a popular suburban pastime, a form conspicuous consumption of personal time and effort.
Auburn, Sydney 2014
Auburn, Sydney 2040 Many modes of transport are consolidated along Living Road corridors, including footpaths. What was once a space of hierarchies, boundaries and ever present dangers has become a space of human connection. The road’s AI traffic management system prioritises people over private vehicles, allowing pedestrians to take ownership of this continuous public space.
Glebe, Sydney 2014
Glebe, Sydney 2040 As most private living rooms have been converted to home offices, small businesses or rentable bedrooms, the road has become the most important form of public space for residential areas - a shared living room where serendipitous activities can take place.