Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto have practiced in New York City as Reiser + Umemoto RUR Architecture since 1986. Their projects cover a range of scales, from furniture and residences to landscape design and infrastructure. They participated in Record's Millennium issue in 1999 and recently won a competition for the design of the Alishan Tourist Infrastructure in Taiwan, to begin construction in 2005. Reiser teaches at Princeton University and Umemoto at the University of Pennsylvania.
This proposal redefines a generic highway interchange by engaging the space between the road and its adjacent territories. The new interchange, which includes a bridge made of laminated-wood members, incorporates residential development, pedestrian circulation, and landscaping, fostering a sense of urbanism usually lacking in such infrastructure projects.