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RESTITCHING A TORN CITY A M IE A K ER S G R A D U AT E TH ES I S FA L L 2 01 6

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The construction of Houston’s elaborate highway system has over the years created boundaries within the city. One such division was created by the Pierce Elevated, separating the Downtown and Midtown superneighborhoods. The now planned demolition of the Pierce Elevated, due to the rerouting of I-45, creates an opportunity to use what once acted as a dividing wall in the city as a public connector between the two distinct areas . Additionally, by connecting to Houston’s greenways the project encourages more pedstrian and bike traffic through the city, motivating Houston environmentally as well as bringing activity back to CREATION OF PIERCE Downtown, revitalizing Downtown’s after five ghost town SEPARATION OF THE CITY effect. Furthermore, by recycling these abandoned forms of transit, the city can create multi-purpose facilities to be used by public entities for events, festivals, venues, and other programmed functions for the cities inhabitants.

USER GROUP EXAMPLES

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MARKET PROGRAM markets - parades - festivals

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ART CAR COOK-OFF MARATHON FARMER’S MARKET CRAFT EXPO CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

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STAGE PROGRAM concerts - rallies - events

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DEMOLITION OF PIERCE RESTITCHING OF THECITY

PROGRAM CONNECTIONS

JUNETEENTH FREEDOM OVER TEXAS

STRUCTURAL DIAGRAMS The permanent structures of the project are designed in a modular fashion that can be easily prefabricated and assembled. Bolow the freeway structure, the recycled concrete anchors the design with its heavy aesthetic, while the structure above the freeway is made of a lightweight aluminum and glass. The design of the aluminum structure allows the angled roof mounted by PV panels to have more direct sunlight. The offset angles also open up a clerestory in the roof for more natural light to come into the structure. The lower level houses back of house functions such as kitchens, restrooms, and mechanical. The upper level is more open for public use.

ORIGINAL INTENTIONS

EXTENSION OF THE GREENWAY ALLOWS A CONNECTION BETWEEN THE BAYOU PARK AND THE PIERCE ELEVATED DEMOLITION OF PIERCE RESTITCHING OF THECITY

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ANGLED PV PANELS RESTAURANT PROGRAM dining - venue - parties WEDDING COMPANY CELEBRATION ROTATING RESTAURANT

CLERESTORY FOR LIGHT

park spaces

entertainment venues

MODULAR STRUCTURE

restaurants and bars

PUBLIC & RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS

park spaces

entertainment venues

restaurants and bars

EXISTING STRUCTURE SUPPORT

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RECYCLED CRUSHED CONCRETE

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PUBLIC CENTER PROGRAM education - exercise - meetings

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YOGA / AEROBICS PAINTING / QUILTING SWIMMING GARDEN CLUB

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religious buildings

government buildings

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residential buildings

PERMANENT PROGRAMMED STRUCTURE EXPLODED DIAGRAM

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religious buildings

government buildings

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EXISTING PUBLIC TRANSIT

residential buildings

SCALE: 1 ft. = 1/16 in.

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OBSERVED REALITIES Gates and fences push the public out to the sidewalk in order to protect the cars parked in the shade below the freeway.

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THE METRO LIGHT RAIL’S PATH DIRECTLY THROUGH THE SITE ENCOURAGES MORE USE OF PUBLIC TRANSIT AND MAKES THE SITE MORE ACCESSIBLE

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Surrounding buildings turn their back on the freeway in order to block it from the public eye.

RECYCLED MATERIAL: crushed concrete FREEWAY STRUCTURE

60’

ANGLED PV PANELS USED TO POWER - LIGHT - CHARGING STATION - AIR COMPRESSOR

WATER COLLECTION CREATED BY USING THE EXISTING STRUCTURE CAN PROVIDE THE SITE WITH ITS OWN RECYCLED WATER SUPPLY

120’

240’

TREE GROVE PROGRAM festivals - events - relaxation KITE FESTIVAL HAMMOCKING PICNIC YOGA DOG - WAKLING

PLANTER

125’

BENCH SEATING

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2760’

Public space around the Pierce, especially to the South is underutilized.

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BIKE PARKING

DEMOLISHED CONCRETE =74,600 SF 19500

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ANTICIPATED OPPORTUNITY FOR MOVEMENT THROUGH SITE

RECYCLED CONCRETE =67,000 SF

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8325 2800

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Covered portions of sidewalk under the freeway area a popular resting place for the homeless, further discouraging nearby residents from lingering.

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4320

6400

HARDSCAPE

SOFTSCAPE

SMALL PAVILLION STRUCTURE PLAN & SECTION SCALE: 1 ft. = 1/8 in.

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ANTICIPATED DEVELOPMENT OF FUTURE PUBLIC BUILDINGS

Builidngs adjacent to the Pierce use the space between themselves and the freeway as a means to store garbage and house mechanical, making the area uninhabitable. The road created between adjacent buildings and the Pierce underbelly is underutilized and neglected by builidngs that do not open up to it.

LEVEL 2 1:1000

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HOUSTON GREENWAY: CONNECTION AND EXTENSION OPPORTUNITY

PERSPECTIVE FROM TOP OF TERRACES LOOKING DOWN TOWARD STAGE

LEVEL 1 1:1000

SECTION THROUGH LENGTH OF SITE 1:1000

PERSPECTIVE THROUGH MARKET TOWARD METRO BUS STATION


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