Måns Tham Architect & Urban Strategist
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|Driving in the Solar Serpent
Turn the freeways into urban powerplants! With solar-technology and a narrative design, the freeways re-emerge as contemporary structures.|
Semi-finalist MIT's Climate Co-Lab 2013
French TV: "Le Journal" on France 2, April 1st 2013
Svensk Forms Pecha Kucha night at Berns, August 24, 2011
Exhibition and lecture at Festival d'Europa in Florence, Italy, May 6-10 2011
WIRED's 10 Transportation Trends That Rocked 2010, Read articles in: WIRED, Le Figaro Magazine, Curbed LA, Plataforma Architectura, ArchDaily, Expressen
The project was first exhibited at the 2010 Toward a Just Metropolis conference at UC Berkeley and presented at the Swedish Embassy's Imagining Beyond 2020 conference in Washington, DC.
|Part of the solar converted Santa Monica Freeway
|Due to the low areal energy generation of solar cells, allocation of land use is a central issue for any solar proposal.
The Los Angeles Solar Program focus on roofs on private and public buildings within the city and a gigantic solar plant in the Mohave desert.
With Los Angeles County having 800 km of freeways – public land with existing points of access for maintenance –
why not use some of them for the location of a large scale solar installation?|
|1. Solar panels need unshaded sun away from neighbours and palmtrees.|
2-3. The Solar Serpent will shade the roads and reduce the need of air-condition.
The energy production peaks mid-day when energy consumption for air-condition peaks.
Bonus effect: UV damage on roadsurfaces will decrease.
Santa Monica Freeway (downtown to the beach):
24 km avarage 40 m width = 960.000 m2= 600.000 domestic panels (1,6 m2)
Peak effect for Santa Monica Freeway 115 MW = 150 GWh per year
150 GWh is enough electricity for all households of Venice, CA
|Exemple: National Blvd/I-10 overpass
|Under main road overpasses electric cars can be filled at the
“Power Place” charging stations! The locally produced electricity will be sucked up by households and businesses locally in the grid with minimal transmission costs.|
|Section of linear algae farms
|The CO2 rich air on the road is brought through pipes into linear covered algae ponds along the freeway. This will bring green tech jobs, such as farming, harvesting and processing of biofuels, to the neighborhoods that today are the most disadvantaged by their proximity to the freeway.|
|Design Strategy for the area around the Los Angeles River in Downtown Los Angeles in a near future with little or no oil.
Produced as part of RESOURCES 08, the post-graduate program at the Royal Institute of Art - Mejan ARC, Stockholm.|
|Gallery 727 on South Spring Street, Los Angeles
|Read the catalogue or see images from the exhibition at Gallery 727 in Downtown Los Angeles and video from the reception hosted by Councilman Ed Reyes.|
|Excerpt from catalogue: "Paradise City"
|The project was supported by The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, The Consulate General of Sweden and The Swedish Institute. Read an interview with Måns Tham about the project in Byggindustrin 01/2010 (in Swedish). The project was also published in The Architects Newspaper CA edition 9/2009 and was presented at the Toward a Just metropolis conference at UC Berkeley, June 16-20 2010 by Måns Tham, Björn Berglund and Karl Landin.|
|Section Södermalm-Old Town
|Slussen is the historical heart of Stockholm and the most important traffic hub with locks, subway and roads. The proposal for Slussen "Öppna Slussen/Field Operation" was first presented as a master thesis at Lund University 2006. It was later presented and advocated for by the Chair of the Swedish Royal Art Academy Olle Granath together with members Jöran Lindvall och Mats Edblom. The proposal is widely published in both news and architectural media as well as presented to the City Architect and the City Planning Office of Stockholm, The Mayors office (Stadsbyggnadsborgarrådet) and the Stockholm Beauty Council(Skönhetsrådet). Press!|
|The curved fold reveals the subway underneath. Whats going on under the skin of Slussen??
|A skin is stretched between Södermalm and Old Town. The skin folds over the subway and connects and reveals the hardware of the site. Its sweeping surface is generated by topographpy and infrastructure. The surface explains the site, simplify movement and accentuates the beauty of Stockholm. You can roam freely, eat a herring burger on the way home or celebrate Swedens first gold medal in the World Cup. Vehicular traffic is on pedestrians premises according to the principles of ”shared spaces”. Steel ramps and bridges mark the entrance to the Slussen surface. Horizontal security fences follow the edges like eyebrows.|
|100.000 Stockholmers celebrate Swedens first World Cup gold medal in 2014.
|Through geels in the surface and ramps from the Subway the pedestrian reaches the room below the surface. Under the deck the power of the infrastructure is fully exposed and celebrated. Subway and road behind concave glass and the historical rough textures of the site create the urban stage design for shopping in pavilions.|
|Below and above the surface|
|Details: Horizontal fence|
Detail: Bus stops mark the outline of the road
Detail: Steel ramps take cars and traffic onto the Slussen surface
|King Karl XIV Johan on horse but without the pedistal on level with his fellow citizens|
F-series, monument for commuters
Architecture Pavillion, Helsingborg
Måns is an architect and urban strategist based in Stockholm.
He is a guest teacher at the KTH School of Architecture.
Mans has 8 years of experience working with renowned architecture firms as an architect and project leader. He has worked in Sweden, France and the US with projects ranging from master-plans to interior design.
Jan Inghe Hagströms Stipendium 2010
Stiftelsen August Palmérs minne 2009
Anders Mortners Stipendium 2009
Bo Edblad och Maureen Wells Stipendium 2008
Top Ten Scandinavian Design Graduates 2006, Forum AID #3/06
Royal Institute of Art - Mejan ARC, Sweden, post-graduate programme 2008-2009
Lund School of Architecture, Sweden 1999-2006
University of California Berkeley, USA 2003-2004
NTNU, Norway 2001
Tham & Videgård, Stockholm, Sweden
Architecture Studio, Paris, France
Kjellander + Sjöberg, Stockholm, Sweden
White Arkitekter, Malmö, Sweden
BT Architects, San Francisco, USA
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