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Future Truck Stop: Intertwined Energy and Activities

This project aims to transform current truck stops from fuel-based to electricity-based systems, which will result in longer driver stays and require expanded program offerings to meet their needs. However, implementing this change for long-haul heavy transportation will face economic resistance. To address this, the design must be adaptable to predictable changes over several years instead of being built to last for decades. Responding to the dramatic increase in electricity consumption to charge EV trucks, natural energy capturing technologies will be the primary design strategy to achieve sustainability, with technology working in harmony with nature to create microclimatic impacts, establish vegetation, and control soil and water. Human experience will also be considered, with shading, aesthetic qualities, controlled accessibility and visibility, and other elements designed to influence drivers’ physical and mental conditions. The design strategy consists of two parts: the creation of energy-capturing and user-centric modules that can adapt to fast changes, and a phase-by-phase installation and expansion process on site. Ultimately, this new design strategy will allow conventional truck stop land to be used not just for transportation and energy production, but also for serving human activities.