MAD partners with HyperloopTT to design the future of mobility
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MAD partners with HyperloopTT to design the future of mobility

MAD Architects design a sustainable model of the rapid tube transportation system for HyperloopTT, which aims to connect distant cities in a span of few minutes.

by Zohra Khan Sep 12, 2019

Architect Ma Yansong-led MAD Architects have collaborated with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) on the development of an elevated, rapid transport system that will connect people and cities across vast distances in mere minutes.

The adaptive design helps the system to be integrated across an array of environments  | HyperloopTT | MAD | STIR
The adaptive design helps the system to be integrated across an array of environments Image Credit: MIR, Courtesy of MAD Architects

HyperloopTT, an American research company, aims to deliver Space X and Tesla's CEO Elon Musk's 2013 breakthrough concept for future mobility by developing a low pressure, tube-based transportation system that will connect cities at hyper speeds to counter urban issues like overcrowding, traffic congestion, and pollution.

They commissioned Beijing-based MAD Architects to conceive a versatile pylon design as a structural support for the transport system that could easily be integrated across an array of environs, be it a bustling city centre, a rural farmland or a remote desert.

MAD’s design demonstrates how the artificial can merge with nature through a new urban infrastructure, that while transforming the future of travel, also has the ability to reshape the way we plan and use public space. – MAD Architects
 A sustainable model of future mobility in the form of low pressure, hyper speed transportation system  | HyperloopTT | MAD | STIR
A sustainable model of future mobility in the form of low pressure, hyper speed transportation system Image Credit: MIR, Courtesy of MAD Architects

MAD’s scheme minimises the physical footprint as the functions are lifted seven meters above the ground, thus eliminating possibility of collision with road traffic. Bendable solar panels outfitted within the tunnels power the Hyperloop itself, and LEDs installed along its surface function as interactive information boards. The predominant source of power are the blade-less wind turbine forests positioned at certain sections of the system that harness the vorticity of wind, reducing overall energy costs.

  • The transport infrastructure will be realised through a series of cutting-edge sustainable technologies | MAD | STIR
    The transport infrastructure will be realised through a series of cutting-edge sustainable technologies Image Credit: MIR, Courtesy of MAD Architects
  • Various components that form the tube transport | MAD | STIR
    Various components that form the tube transport Image Credit: MIR, Courtesy of MAD Architects

Sustainability reflects in the way the design integrates opportunities for urban farming, where the base of each pylon has been conceived to host crop-growing facilities. "The light energy sourced from the solar-powered LEDs allows the plants to be self-sustainable, forming a friendly, green environment – a truly organic infrastructure," says the design team.

Green pedestrian walkways, parks, and recreational spaces along and below the tunnel will further connect people with their own cities, thus challenging the norms of conventional transportation by revolutionalising the way we travel.

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Zohra Khan

Zohra Khan

A formal education in architecture combined with an avid interest in architecture journalism and design criticism led Khan to professionally venture into writing and research. She has worked in design communication for more than two years, generating content for mondo*arc india journal. When not writing, she kicks back by dabbling on social media for STIR.

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