Planes, trains, and automobiles--the San Juan International Airport : designing for intermodal access
San Juan International Airport : designing for intermodal access
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This thesis explores how intermodal transportation centers may be designed so that balances may be incorporated between efficient modal connections and functionality, and basic human needs and comforts. The term "intermodal" has become part of today's vocabulary, referring to the intersection of various modes of transportation. An intermodal center can be a subway station that has a bus stop, or it can be a hybrid facility that caters to air, rail, car, and water travel. Increasingly, intermodal centers are assuming a role in society. Both transportation and the regions served become, in essence, new "town centers." However, in the past, providing efficient service through design has resulted in an absence of place, and furthermore, has failed to provide for human needs and comforts. This thesis examines the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport as an example of a new form of intermodal center. It focuses on several issues: First, to understand how these intermodal facilities work, and to explore the functional requirements for today and those proposed for the future. Second, to examine how the site and culture may be incorporated both in physical design and in the programming of spaces to overcome the sterile sameness of most of today's airports. And finally, through this balance of function and culture, to determine how projected needs will be met, and at the same time, provide a flexibility for unseen growth and uses.
Thesis (M. Arch.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 1996.Includes bibliographical references (p. 99-101).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture
Massachusetts Institute of Technology