School of Architecture

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The School of Architecture


Thursday 30 May 2019 6:00pm to 7:00pm


Room 51-207
Zelman Cowen Building
Jocks Rd
Saint Lucia QLD 4067

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Can the fu​ture of a sustainable city include cars? Architect and Town Planner Brian Dudson explores the practicalities of how intelligent cars and above and below ground urban transport systems can shape the way we get around our cities.  

Automated Highway Systems can increase the capacity of freeways three times or more and reduce costs by a similar factor. Six automated highway lanes for light vehicles only, can be provided in twin deck tunnels not much larger than a conventional two lane tunnel, another three times increase, resulting in a total of nine. As tunnels cost, on average, 4.5 times more than surface freeways when land is included, such tunnels would cost about 60 percent that of the freeway. All personal vehicle trips for a CBD like that of New York’s could be provided in ten tunnels slightly larger the  a conventional two lane tunnel. Those like London or Paris would require seven. Elon Musk’s, The Boring Company, has trialed the operated of an intelligent vehicle in a tunnel, leading to an expectation that tunnels could cost much less than 60 percent of that for a surface freeway.

Brian was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, in 1934. He graduated in 1959 with a B.Arch. and Travelling Scholarship from the University of Auckland, which enabled him to study architecture and city planning at the University of Pennsylvania, from which he received a M.Arch. and M.C.P. in 1964. He has been engaged as an architect or town planner in Auckland, Hong Kong, Washington D.C., Johor Bahru (Malaysia) and Brisbane, where he is now retired. He has been primarily responsible for preparing town and CBD plans for Auckland and neighbourhood and CBD plans for Brisbane. He has been a principal for a development company building town-houses in Auckland, received a U.S. patent for a building machine, and wrote and published a book titled “To the Cities of a Second Car Age" in 1995. His default retirement activities have been painting and transportation research. ​


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