RIVERFRONT REMEDIATION___This urban framework proposal was done in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon's Urban Lab studio. The framework seeks to knit together other students' adaptive transformation proposals with an overall scheme for reconnecting Lawerenceville to the Allegheny riverfront.
Our proposal for the riverfront was derived after an analytical walk at the project's outset. Our walk focused on the harsh borders which disconnect the neighborhood from the river: one pair of us walked between the residential and industrial zones while the other pair walked between the riverfront and the industrial zone. Also noted was a series of abandoned and under-used industrial era artifacts, whose monumental presence along the waterfront was something that we desired to emphasize and build upon.
After documenting and analyzing these border conditions, we sub-divided the neighborhood into five zones based on both the alignment of unique conditions along the riverfront/industrial and industrial/residential borders and the locations of specific industrial artifacts. Each zone contains one specific artifact that would serve as a proposed node for the neighborhood.
The goals of the riverfront remediation proposal are to reconnect the existing neighborhood to the river, while diversifying the potential uses and activities along the water's edge and increase the overall amount of community greenspace. Three systems are proposed as the means to achieve these goals: infrastructure, land use, and ecology. These systems are explored individually and recombined as they respond to specific proposals at each riverfront node. The end result is a proposal that re-imagines Lawrenceville's possibilities for engaging the riverfront, while respecting and emphasizing the neighborhood's unique character.
Status: School Project
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, US