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Multiplier: Mobile, Temporary & Expandable Parking Structure

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    Multiplier is a Period One Implementation Project, part of the Astronauto folder. All Multiplier related media, including functional diagrams and packaging information, are available by accessing the gallery below.
    the concept of cinematic architecture, which is there by not being there by being there.
    p. 112, Manifesto for a Cinematic Architecture ? Pascal Sch?ning
    The Multiplier project, in its present day application, is by definition of its fundamental purpose, a sustainable and adaptable concept. In a city such as Los Angeles, where static parking structures are found on almost every street corner, a requirement posed by the characteristics of the metropolis itself, the architectural, visual, cultural and geographical footprints of these buildings are amplified each time a new structure is erected. Whereas some instances of intense parking demand do indeed require large immobile and permanent buildings, Multiplier is a mobile, temporary and expandable parking structure system that is there when needed, and not there when it is not. Multiplier leaves alone that which should be left alone, and changes that which should be changed.
    That incredibly simple idea, rests on layers of simplicity, each compounded into a complexity, that is itself simple.
    Toward a Science of Simplicity, George Whitesides, 02.2010,
    In essence, the Multiplier project is a parking structure on wheels, a network composed of many identical vehicles, which through their individual modularity and mobility, allow for an expansive parking system with no fixed limit on horizontal size. By transporting the individual vehicles to an open area such as a multipurpose field or single-level parking lot, a trailer network takes shape by connecting the individual trailers together, vertically doubling the parking area on which the system is based.

    Multiplier trailers are similar in size to conventional semi-trailer, rather than smaller, in an effort to reduce total system parts. In the name of modularity and assembling speed, wheels and tractors are present with every trailer, rather than independent immobile cage systems that require expensive, slow and heavy crane input during the network construction process. By designing total mobility independence into each Multiplier vehicle, an entire Multiplier network, that is to say a two-level parking structure, can be both connected and disconnected in any relatively expansive terrain within a few hours.

    The modularity and mobile characteristics of the Multiplier project ensure its ability for both versatility and adaptability. A system in the genre of Multiplier has virtually limitless applications.  Mobile and expandable parking structure scenarios include but are not limited to: peak seasonal traffic and parking congestion relief in various parts of Los Angeles, special large-scale events such as arena concerts or professional sports, and multimedia arts festivals which are sometimes held in areas of void terrain, incapable of handling massive traffic strain and whose relatively untouched condition is better preserved through a smaller parking footprint. By increasing parking area in the vertical direction, we not only introduce the option of more parking spaces, but also the option of less sprawl.

    The fundamental parking structure function of Multiplier is dependent on its ability to comfortably accommodate personal mobility vehicles, the result of sufficient space allowances inside the trailers through appropriate dimensions. These dimensions are based solely on current semi-trailer regulations, average vehicle sizes from various segments, as well as reason and logic. As a result, much like the project itself, these dimensions are purely conceptual, and upon implementation, would require verification through extensive testing of issues such as maximum trailer length and width with regards to both exterior and interior traffic, as well as minimum or maximum door envelopes for parked personal mobility vehicles inside the Multiplier trailers. Consequently, the dimensions contained within this project, even more so than the project itself, are still quite flexible with regards to their final manifestations. The dimensions that currently define the Multiplier vehicles have been included in the project as both a reference point and as an approximate goal with regards to the final scale of the vehicle components. It should also be noted that no matter how much universally accommodative thinking is included into the design of the inner dimensions of the Multiplier trailer, some current personal mobility vehicles are simply abnormally large, whether lengthwise or widthwise, and could simply never be compatible with a mobile, temporary and expandable parking structure such as Multiplier. In anticipation of these abnormally large vehicles, event planners would reserve a small number of conventional parking spaces outside of the Multiplier trailer network.

    Formally, Multiplier adheres to the causality form language. By understanding the function of the Multiplier trailer, that is to say the storage of personal mobility vehicles, we can determine the cause, that is to say downward force exerted by the respective weight of the aforementioned vehicles, which ultimately reveals the effect: low-slung and lateral bracing to the corners of the vehicle, originating and moving away from the center of gravity, similar to a strongman lifting a heavily-laden barbell. By understanding the function of the Multiplier tractor, that is to say the pulling of a trailer at the rear, we can determine the cause, that is to say rearward strain, which ultimately reveals the effect: a forward leaning stance and visual expression of effort, similar to that of a strongman pulling a truck.

    Astronauto, like any attempt at a sustainable system, is defined by both transitional and far-reaching periods. Consequently, some projects executed under the Astronauto name are concepts that address present day problems by proposing presently feasible solutions that may or may not be as relevant in the relatively distant future. By identifying itself as a Period One implementation project, Multiplier is defined by certain elements of the aforementioned present day solution characteristics. Though a strong case can me made with regards to its future relevancy because of man?s projected future needs for some form of personal mobility, whatever its manifestation, therefore requiring personal mobility parking space well into the future, measures must also be taken in case of far-future irrelevancy with regards to Multiplier?s present intended purpose. Built almost entirely of both aluminium and and carbon fiber components, adequate recycling technologies exist, or are in constant development, for most, if not all, of the materials used in the Multiplier?s construction. Recent advances in composite production, such as vacuum bag molding, reduce harmful emissions and material waste during the fabrication process, and provide a safer atmosphere for composite workers. Furthermore, continuous developments vis-a-vis the eventual recycling of composite materials are helping to eliminate down-cycling characteristics, not to mention outright uselessness, that have traditionally been present in reused fibers. These combined factors harbor enough reasons for optimism about the future applications for composite materials within the technosphere material flow. As with many of our contemporary systems and materials however, composites must ultimately evolve into, or be replaced by, materials characterized by improved natural qualities, which remain on par with, or amplify the current structural virtues.
    Alternatively, complete vehicle reuse is also an option, void of individual Multiplier material recycling. By planning for far-future repurposing of Multiplier vehicles, that is to say the eventual rewriting of their intended purposes, far-future recycling is avoided along with potential down-cycling material headaches. Multiplier, a vehicle defined by a generally open and modular construction, may one day play host to a variety of new applications such as housing platforms or whatever other mobile architectural requirements are in effect whenever future potential repurposing takes place.

    Today however, during this Period One, Multiplier is designed as a stress reliever for a city that often feels personal mobility infrastructure strain. By addressing a current problem with a mobile, temporary and expandable design, considerations are taken with regards to the impact on present and future Los Angeles cityscapes, allowing for appropriate accommodations to be made for the necessary transportation transformations with which our society is faced and on which Astronauto is built.


    A(2) = x

    A = Area
    x = Area following the Multiplier network connections