Design Practicum, APDZ 451
LeMay, America's Car Museum
Autocity was one of the solutions for the winter 2014 practicum course.
Welcome to Autocity
Did you buy your car because you wanted to or because your city made you?
After developing a project vision, we then set our sights on finding the right story arch to convey our message.
What we arrived at was breaking down our story into four distinctly contrasting chapters: Before the auto city, the glory days of the auto city, today, and tomorrow.
The purpose of our early chapter is to quickly establish a base level of context for the exhibit.
We want the viewer to be aware of the distinct visual and ideological differences between older urban design and the automotive city.
The Glory Days chapter examines the rise of auto-centric city design, and illustrates clearly how the influence of cars has actually changed the shape of the built environment. Here is where we celebrate the freedom and pleasure of being a car owner from the 1950s through the 1970s by looking at when it worked and why it
was so great.
In contrast, today’s driving environment isn’t so free and fun. In the Today chapter we ask, “what happened?” Somewhere between the glory days and now, driving turned from something you get to do to something you have to do. Here is where we address the inflation of sprawl, commuting, and traffic. This chapter puts into plain view how
urban design impacts your experience as a car owner.
Finally, in our Tomorrow chapter, we want to invite the viewer to imagine how things could be better in the future. Every person visiting our
exhibit should want the fun and freedom of the Glory Days back, not the obligatory gridlock we have now.
So we ask the viewer, how can we get
back to enjoying the Sunday drive?