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Redefining Transportation Hubs: The Case for Splitting Cuenca’s Bus Station in Two

One our shining stars from Architect-US’ Job+J1 Visa Program, Cristian Daniel Cordova Molina, proposed the relocation of the bus station of Cuenca in two areas of the city, one north and one south. Currently the bus station is located in the city-center causing several problems, such as traffic and environmental pollution. Cordova Molina highlighted the impact that such a proposition can make on a city and the space in which people live and create.

As more and more cars and trucks pour onto the roads of cities all over the world, it is important to keep in mind the placement and design of city-center transportation hubs. As the urban population is expected to double in the next 40 years, architects must undertake a holistic and sustainable transformation of the urban world we live in. In the case of Cuenca, their bus station is localized in the city-center and creates traffic, toxic fumes, and environmental harm. Yet many times the key value of taking the bus is the city-center access it provides in comparison to an airplane. It may be necessary in some cases to split the bus station in to two. One in the North and one in the South.

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One our shining stars from Architect-US’ Job+J1 Visa Program, Cristian Daniel Cordova Molina, sought to provide a solution for the conundrum that Cuenca finds themselves in. The general idea of this work is to propose the relocation of the bus station of Cuenca in two areas of the city, one north and one south. The station is currently located in a central area of the city causing several problems, such as traffic and environmental pollution; for the case of this thesis the South terminal is specifically solved. He used Archicad, Photoshop, and Illustrator to create these designs and renders. Cordova Molina is currently working at MVMK Architecture in Hoboken, NJ. He has applied many of the ideas and techniques that he used in this final thesis project to the work he is doing at MVMK.

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Images by Cristian Daniel Cordova Molina

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