THE UPWARD; ELEVATING THE HIGHER GROUND

Student Name: Hyolim (Julie) Yoo

School: California State University Long Beach

Studio: N/A

Instructor: Eduardo Perez

Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. By 2045, with the urban population more than doubling its current size, the United Nations(UN) predicts that six billion people worldwide will live in cities. The cost of maintaining a dense population causes intense crowding that leads to high energy use, ultimately producing poor air quality. Additionally, as urban density increases, urban sprawl and the reliance on the internal combustion engine to power most vehicles become apparent contributors to the deterioration of air quality. Considering the air pollution problem, now is the time to invest in more sustainable transportation technologies such as urban air mobility and infrastructures that bridge connections between the community with eco-friendly technology.

Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is one of the biggest revolutionary changes that mankind has been working on and it is leading the charge to enable the market for urban friendly aircraft. More than 150 companies worldwide, including most of the world’s major aircraft manufacturers, are striving to develop prototypes and analyze the future market of urban air mobility. World’s major aircraft manufacturers acknowledge that urban air mobility is eco-friendlier, quieter, and faster than any of the current modes of transportation used by emergency responders.

The Upward is designed to soften the transition between the new form of transportation, Urban Air Mobility (UAM), and the public. It enables fast and efficient air emergency service while promoting sustainable methods of transport within an increasingly populated city, Los Angeles.

The Upward manages air ambulance service with Urban Air Mobility instead of ground ambulances that are being used during the current era. By building the partnership with emergency departments from local hospitals, the Upward maintains and enhances the community’s health and safety while providing an efficient air ambulance system. The facility is responsible for transporting patients safely to local hospitals and making sure if the patients are stabilized until they coordinate with doctors waiting at the hospital.

Moreover, the Upward understands job hazards that the emergency medical service team would face daily and provides various programs where the emergency medical service team, flight coordinators, pilots, and other staff can recharge themselves between, or after their long day. The Upward believes that creating a positive working environment encourages employees to perform to their highest ability and build stronger connections with their co-workers.

Primary drawing_ exploded axonometric view

In order to provide faster emergency service, the whole building supports the new form of air ambulance by bringing it inside and each floor has its own functionality. The first and second floor is only for UAM where it can be charged and repaired. The third floor is a recharging space mainly for Upward employees. The fourth floor is the office space.

Alternative primary image #1_East section perspective

The Upward elevator on the fourth floor is for providing faster and efficient emergency medical service. It is adjacent to an open workspace where employees analyze the patient’s condition and communicate with local hospitals. The Upward elevator on the third floor is for visitor’s visual learning. The circled walkway features full-height digital walls in order to provide a better understanding of the facility’s purpose.

1. Third level floor plan

The third level is the recharging zone where all employees can take a break between or after their long shifts. By providing recharging places where employees can clear their minds, relax, and socialize, the Upward; promotes a positive and productive work atmosphere in the long term.

2. Fourth level floor plan

The fourth level is the active working zone where the whole floor supports Upward air emergency service. All staff, including flight coordination and dispatch crews, are around the clock, all year round.

3. Perspective #1_The Upward work cafe

This is the place where the main transition happens; from personal space to shared space, from recharging floor (third level) to active floor (fourth level). Employees are encouraged to interact with each other at curved terraced seating and work cafes. A digital screen above the work cafe features relaxing graphics and upcoming events occasionally.

4. Perspective #2_The Upward walkway

The Upward walkway is mainly for visitors who are interested in being part of an emergency medical service team in the future. Visitors are encouraged to visually understand how our emergency dispatch works. The mirrored ceiling provides an endless special experience for them while brightening up space more.

5. Axonometric view_The Upward napping pod

The napping room has ten napping pods where employees can enjoy their personal space and take a quick nap during their break or even after their long day. Each pod is designed with a green tone to create a more relaxing environment that promotes healthy, high-quality sleep.