…the Interstates have knit us together in subtle and unanticipated ways. Just as the railroad first introduced us to the country a century ago, so the Interstates have opened it up to everyone. Their very popularity has confirmed our love of the road, which is really a love of exploration. We are still pioneers, seeking new horizons from the driver's seat. - Nick Taylor, Travel Holiday, August 1990
Coursework this semester will focus on the American highway system both past and present. We will explore the history, geography, and importance of the US highway system in American culture. We will then relate this information to the practice of Architecture through a series of projects emphasizing the concept of motion and establishing a connection to a specific geographical context.