Extreme Commuters  
by Tien Ling
MArch II Studio Project
John Zissovici and Yanni A. Loukissas
Cornell Department of Architecture
  While an average commuter in New York City spends about 40 minutes to travel to work, extreme commuters spend 90 or more minutes each way. By spending at least 3 hours a day on transportation, traveling a distance more than 150 miles, these commuters not only receive an unique daily experience, but also as a whole form a particular image of the city, greatly expending the conventional conception about the realm of urbanity.
By extracting Google Earth images, a daily commuting of a single commuter is represented as a sequential trajectory into a dreamscape. The route gets linearized and then tangled up, and time is prolonged while space is compressed (or the other way around). Adding the fourth dimension of time onto the three-dimensional simulative environment, this project creates a virtual space/time based upon the perception of an urban commuter.