Carpooling*, also known as the invisible mode, fi rst occured with the recession of 1914 and later as rationing tactic during the Second World War. In the 1970s, as reaction on gas shortages during the arab oil embargo, Carpooling surfaced again. In recent years, the idea of ridesharing is back, filling vacant car seats. This Renaissance began with the use of online applications for ad hoc ridesharing. The decision to gravitate toward carpooling shifted from major economical to social factors, as it is also a tool for meeting new people or enjoying a conversation. Furthermore Carpooling is not just used for commuting, but also for vacational purposes. Its distances range from short trips within the city center up to long distance trips. Whereas the virtual presence of Carpooling platforms is strong, there is hardly any sign of a physical representation, and not even advertisements about it exist in the public sphere. One Example for a specifi c carpool infrastructure is the dutch Carpoolplein*. Although people occasionally spend up to twenty minutes on these commuter lots, they offer little more than a small roof, a few lanterns and some trash cans - and sometimes not even this. Other informal ways of gathering for Carpoolers include the Slugging Lines in Washington DC and Casual Carpoolers around San Francisco. People meet on parking lots or at bus stops near High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes*. Such ephemeral stations are primarily part of the urban fringe, hidden under fl yovers, on the corner of a traffi c junction, or attached to shopping malls, fi lling stations and suburban railway stops. At the beginning of the industrial revolution, railwaystations were also on the perifery, but after the use of trains grew in popularity, areas around stations transformed into vibrant quarters. Is such a transformation also possible for carpooling places? Refering to the idea of the Automobile as Public Transport, Asphalt Islands is following the traces of the invisible mode , with one question looming in the back of the mind: Can the car, this object of narcistic manipulation (Baudrillard) fi nally become a Social Condenser (Ginzburg), constituting a new together?