LOCATION: Philadelphia, USA INSTRUCTOR: Stefan Al COLLABORATOR: Kristiina Yang
Just north of Philadelphia’s major attractions and south of Spring Garden Street exists a series of superblocks. Out of scale and out of context for the city, these low-density, car-oriented blocks occupy prime space in the city, but fail to attract human life and activity. This concept proposes a means to sensitively and innovatively bring life to this area, to create a thriving corridor for residence, business, and recreation.
In promoting sensitivity to existing activities, the concept retains buildings that are being used for institutional, governmental, or community-serving purposes, as well as, the myriad of arts and music venues in the area. Further, most of the interventions and proposed development occurs on existing and underutilized surface parking, to transform these unattractive spaces in to new nodes of activity. This includes the development of a new street to act as a commercial corridor, bike-oriented street design that promotes connectivity across the area, and mixed-use residences targeting a younger, urban-dwelling population.
PROPOSED MASTER PLAN
this street is the main art corridor of this neighborhood. It helps to provide a sense of community by linking all the major green spaces and art retails. It is a double way street for not only autos but also bikes. Street parking is also recommended. This detail plan and rendering shows the section facing the major community park.
This is the streets for those that intersect with the elevated highway left a negative underbridge space. Underbridge programs such as light installations, retails, sports, mural arts can be brought to those. Transportation wise, a one-way bike lane and street parking is recommended. The detail plan shows the road together with the intersection to the east side of the community park.