A Former Navy Airfield Near Boston Will Be Turned Into A Smart City
The planned development will be home to self-driving cars and shuttles as well as green space and units for offices and residents
Plans for a new smart city are in the works just 12 miles south of Boston. Sasaki Associates and Elkus Manfredi Architects have already completed the master plan for the 1,500-acre plot of land, which used to be a U.S. Navy airfield. The smart city project is called Union Point.
Just like other smart cities, Union Point will include high-tech systems to enhance the lifestyles of residents. One important feature is a fleet of autonomous vehicles, with parking structures and streets designed specifically to fit their needs. There will also be bicycle networks and driverless shuttles to help residents get around the city, without the need for a private car.
However, Sasaki and Elkus Manfredi aren’t just focusing on the high-tech features; they want to incorporate sustainable environmental design. Developer L Star Ventures will allot 1,000 acres of green space along with hiking trails, while 500 acres will be used for the structural developments. On those 500 acres, there will be 4,000 residential units and at least 278,709 square meters of office and innovation space.
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