Höweler + Yoon Win 2012 Audi Urban Future Award

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Eric Höweler accepts the 2012 Audi Urban Future Initiative Award. (Courtesy Audi Urban Future)

Eric Höweler accepts the 2012 Audi Urban Future Initiative Award. (Courtesy Audi Urban Future)

Last night in Istanbul, Audi bestowed its 2012 Urban Future Initiative award to the Boston-based firm Höweler + Yoon Architecture for Shareway, their 2030 vision for the Boston-Washington corridor. In a ceremony designed to generate Oscars-level suspense, Eric Höweler accepted the award (which carries a €100,000 prize) from Audi CEO Rupert Stadler.

Höweler + Yoon studied the BosWash corridor connecting Boston and Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Höweler + Yoon)

Höweler + Yoon studied the BosWash corridor connecting Boston and Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Höweler + Yoon)

Höweler + Yoon Architecture’s project proposes redefining the American Dream, because “the notions of progress that supported the continual sprawling American expansion no longer ring true.” They’re looking at the monotonous I-95 corridor between Boston and Washington, D.C. (a.k.a. “Boswash”) and repositioning the “infrastructural leftovers” of the post-war city into places that generate activities relevant to today.

Höweler + Yoon studied the BosWash corridor connecting Boston and Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Höweler + Yoon)

Höweler + Yoon studied the BosWash corridor connecting Boston and Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Höweler + Yoon)

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