Exhibition

Life at the Speed of Rail is an ongoing project of Van Alen Institute that calls on the international design community to envision the cultural, environmental and economic impact of a new high-speed rail network in the United States.

With an aim to link the disciplines of design, transportation and policy through a rich dialogue about American infrastructure, Life at the Speed of Rail includes a recently completed competition, this online exhibition, ongoing events and a forthcoming publication. 

Featured here are the 10 winning entries and 10 honorable mentions selected by Van Alen Institute staff, fellows and Life at the Speed of Rail advisory committee. In addition to being exhibited here, these entries will be presented as part of four regional dialogues held in Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Houston and Los Angeles.

Winning Entries
the beacon
chiland
the expanded civic center
switch space
permeable response
the effect of high-speed rail on six lives
what will you do?
VPL
parallelogrammic hou(s)tation
animal farmatures
Honorable Mentions
non-stop
the image of the continent
i love glc, great lakes city
node
health corridor
dazzle trains
unlocking america’s center
territory for infrastructure re-purposing
high speed suburbanism
conduit urbanism
Events

Van Alen Institute fellows will present ideas gleaned from the competition in dialogue with advisory committee members this summer at a series of panel discussions in high-speed rail megaregions around the country.

JUNE 24, WASHINGTON, D.C.:
BETTER TRANSPORTATION BY DESIGN
> the National Building Museum, 12:30pm

JUNE 28, ST. LOUIS:
LAYING TRACKS FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
> the Museum of Contemporary Art, 7:00pm

JULY 7, HOUSTON:
RED STATE RAIL
> the Baker Institute, 6:00pm

JULY 12, LOS ANGELES:
AFTER CAR CULTURE: DESIGNING THE NEW LA
> Caltrans Headquarters, 4:00pm