What is the future of the gas station?
For decades, the gas station has been a staple of both urban and rural landscapes. As the 20th century saw the democratization of automobiles, the gas station became arguably one of the most generic, universal architectural typologies. However, as populations move to condensed, urban areas with ever-improving public transit systems, and as the internal combustion engine evolves into electric alternatives, it is time to either redesign or retire the gas station.
The conversion of gas stations is not a new notion. Over time, we have seen them evolve into restaurants, basketball courts and charging stations. However, these are only discrete solutions to the slow abandonment of a single gas station. As gas stations become increasingly obsolete, the opportunity for a systemic approach, can lead to solutions that address our larger societal challenges like climate change and perhaps play a role in the transition to renewable energy.