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above below

beyond *futures for a former railroad

exhibit catalog Allow us to introduce:

Philadelphia’s former Reading Railroad Inside: - All about Above|Below|Beyond... - Meet your railroad! - What’s next? * Plus: Posters, ideas from the show, recent events, and more!


above | below | beyond As students of architecture and landscape architecture who are inspired by real places, we know our work can go a long way to starting conversations about these places and their futures. Above Below Beyond is a springboard and a catalyst. It has helped to spread the word about the potential of Philadelphia’s Reading Railroad as a public, regenerative space. Our aim is to aid visionaries and stake holders in realizing the full potential of this historic infrastructure by providing context, graphic imaging, and programmatic scenarios for future development of the site (and to generate a little extra buzz along the way).


thank you! Above Below Beyond has been a true collaboration and could not have been possible with out the amazing support of our Kickstarter Backers, Next City, University of Pennsylvania and Temple University students and staff, Wells Appel, VIADUCTgreene, and Kira Simon- Kennedy.

We raised $6,165 through kickstarter.com to put on this exhibit, foster further discussion, and create this catalog. This funding has allowed us to go beyond our limits! We sincerely thank all our kickstarter backers and supporters:

Lane Rubin, Catherine Ondrizek, Nancy Osborn, Mandy, Ryan Leifield, Ariana Bennett, Nate, Bruce D. Kothmann, Cindy Culp, Caroline A., Monica Gagliardi, Annie Chrys, Noor Al Awadhi, Johannah Fine, BJ Hauswald, Gerardo Ad Espinal, Kate Jones, Teddi Anne, Emad Abou-Sabe, JoAnne Reifsnyder, Susan E. Rau, Temple University School of Environmental Design, Lorrie Syverson, Juan Levy, Zoey Davidson, Louis Kang, Evan Goldin, Kim Pelle, Steven Davidson, Joan Simon, Holly Ann Bonacum, David Kolber, Jamie Malato, Nick Montgomery, Amy Welzer, Nancy Crane, Julie Beckman, Michael Garden, S Goldman, Grant Folin, Ann Mintz, Aaron Goldblatt, Francis Tseng, Johann Sarmiento, TKayne, Irv Nachamkin, Derik Sutphin, Rosa Mannion, R. Kuper, Bonnie Joustra, Jennifer Hendricks, Dorsey Standish, Joanna Ehrenreich, Sid Burgess, Ani Simon-Kennedy, Bill Ashmanskas, Pam Lethbridge, Bernice Bibeau, Max Heinritz, Lauren Reifsnyder, Dan Winkler, Susan McCaffrey, Cleeser, Harry and Denise Cyphers, Adam Libert, Kaitlyn Reese, Amy, Angela, Ariel, Annie Baum Stein, Thomas Jansen, Louis G. Partridge, Richard and Angelica Carpenter, Carlos Zuluaga, Hanna Cohen, Mike Fantini, William Parshall, Beth Wells, Julie Courtney, Eric Williamsen, Michael Djilani, Ed Taylor, Nhat Dang, Joe Pinsker, Noelle Tay, Gideon Fink Shapiro, Michelle Blankas, David Marston, Peter Bachmann, Brandon Davis, Mark Hing, Philip Ross, Kate Holmquist, Raymond Harari, Eli Pearlman-Storch, Katie Motyka, Lucas Schoeppner, Tiala Giabau, Sam Beattie, Chris M, Bob Oliveti


who we are In the fall of 2012, three recent graduates from Temple University and University of Pennsylvania, Diana Fernandez, Amy Syverson, and Susan Kolber, collaborated to create Above Below Beyond - an exhibition of student design work inspired by Philadelphia’s Reading Railroad. Passionate about the railroad, we wanted to allow years of student research, interest, and ideas about this abandoned urban corridor to be available to the public in order to encourage the railroad’s development.

Temple University Landscape Architecture Senior Studio - Spring 2012 Professors Stuart Appel, FASLA Lolly Tai, FASLA

Students Peter Marotta Patrick Whealton Nickia Dixon Matthew Nelson Marquita Head Leah Purdy Kelsey Stanton W. John Keiser III Hally Bonacum Felicia DiPietro Diana Fernandez Dennis Murphy Cindy Culp Amy Syverson David Bilinski Aaron Karnas

University of Pennsylvania Architecture Senior Studio - Spring 2012 Professors Julie Beckman Ariel Genadt

Students Catherine Ozdrizek Caroline Acheatal Dan Hawkins Liz Young Garvin Hunt Ella Ye Lu Joanna Karaman Juliet Gensemer Kate Jones Laura Bridgman Laura Dean Marvin Harris Natalia Reina Noelle Tay Noor Al Awadhi Olivia Hass Sam Beattie Nhat Dang Brittni Luke Blanca Abramek Tina Xie Ariana Galan Montas Alicia Willett Miya Lee Ryan Leifield Susan Kolber


one space... Above Below Beyond culminated in a six week exhibit that coincided with the Design Philadelphia festival of 2012. The Next City office and “The Storefront for Urban Innovation” were transformed into an installation all about Philadelphia’s incredible former Reading Railroad and student responses to this inspiring place.

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0 3 4 exhibit components: 0. Starting Point: A timeline

A timeline showed important site history and charted creative work inspired by the railroad. Visitors were encouraged to add their own events to the timeline.

1. Engage: What do you see?

An eye-catching interpretive installation filled the storefront window. Dozens of jars displayed a sample of the materials that the railroad corridor is made of. The installation was inspired by the experience of visiting a site for the first time and engaging with the varied layers of information that make a place what it is.

2. Explore: Inventory and Analysis

Selected student work from the Spring 2012 Temple University Landscape Architecture Studio VI helped to build a context to understand the site.

3. Envision: Program and Design

Selected student work from the Spring 2012 University of Pennsylvania Architecture Studio 402 demonstrated the conceptual design process and applied a program to the site.

4. Realize: What should this be?

We asked visitors to help us kick off the conversation by leaving their thoughts. Ideas generated at the show were be catalogued to support a robust, ongoing dialogue about the development of this site.

A birds-eye view of Next City’s office and the “Storefront for Urban Innovation,” as it was transformed for Above Below Beyond. The 5 exhibit components mirrored the design process we followed in our respective design studios.


many functions Throughout the exhibition, the Next City space facilitated events, meetings and dialogues of all kinds. In the diagrams to the right, the dots represent how people filled the space at different times.

Event Space

The exhibit celebrated it’s opening night was an official event for Design Philadelphia, an annual city-wide design festival. The show had a great turn-out, with a lively standing room only crowd from 6 to 10pm.

Open Exhibit

We kept the exhibit open to visitors 7 days a week for 6 weeks. On weekends, the coordinators of Above Below Beyond were available to answer questions or just to chat.

Storefront / Office

During business hours, we stashed the boards away and Next City used their office as usual. At night, the installation lit up the storefront with hundreds of blue and white LEDs, causing many people passing by to stop and do a double take.

Meeting Place

The exhibit allowed us to have impromptu and planned meetings with all kinds of people interested in the site, including a representative from the Highline, Next City staff and interns, fellow students working on similar work, and interested community members.

Panel Discussion

The exhibit culminated in a panel discussion that explored how student involvement can encourage development of sites like the Reading Railroad. The panel included Paul vanMeter of VIADUCTgreene; Ashby Leavell, Longwood Gardens graduate fellow; John Struble of the Reading Viaduct Project; Ariel Genadt, PennDesign Lecturer; and Mark B. Thompson, architect for Fairmount Water Works. The discussion was moderated by Next City’s executive director Diana Lind. Kate Holmquist, Cara Stefchak and Above Below Beyond


making it happen Above Below Beyond began with the

began by creating a facebook page and our own website, abovebelowbeyond.org, where parallel work of two design studios in the Spring of 2012. As students at the University we could begin to make information about of Pennsylvania in Architecture and at Temple the railroad public. University in Landscape Architecture, we had As we thought more about sharing the often studied the same amazing site, at the same overlooked resource of our own student work exciting time. After learning of each other’s work, we decided to come together to create with the public, we became more and more hopeful about the potential of this exhibit an exhibit and share this wonderful place to help move the development of the park with others. forward. Over the summer months, we spent many We pulled together our resources and evenings sitting around a plate of hummus crowd-sourced funding through kickstarter. and grapes while discussing our common com: $6145 from 104 backers. The funding goals and how we could achieve them. We allowed us to imagine our impact beyond limits and introduced us to a community who saw value in what we had to offer. Next City gave us their space, “The Storefront for Urban Innovation,” and provided us with advice, assistance and some wonderful press.


Together, we organized and curated the student work to hang on the walls, devised a way to get exhibit visitors involved in the ideas, and hatched plans for a massive head-turning installation for the storefront window.

The installation was made of 200 Ball jars filled with artifacts from the railroad, 100 led lights with coin batteries attached, 200 yards of fishing line, 144 square feet of full color printing, and 2 discarded wood pallets. Kate Holmquist, Temple Studio and Above Below Beyond


Kate Holmquist and Above Below Beyond


meet your railroad! (and fall in love like we did)

Philadelphia’s former Reading Railroad extends from Boat House Row, under Pennsylvania Avenue, through Callowhill and into Chinatown. The corridor is nearly 3 miles long, running through a 3000 ft. tunnel, an open-air trench below street level, and onto an elevated trestle.


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Under the guidance of Professors Stuart Appel FASLA and Lolly Tai FASLA, Temple students engaged in the process of urban design through a comprehensive study of the site inventory and analysis. In order for the research, analysis, and design works to be of greatest possible value to those currently working to develop the site, the students decided to pull their final work together into one cohesively designed 385 page book: “VIA Philadelphia.”

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Created for Temple University’s landscape architecture studio, this context map shows how the 3 mile railroad relates to Center City Philadelphia.

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Many photographers have been inspired by this railroad. These images are from the UPenn and Temple studio site visits; a photographic tour conducted in conjunction with the Above Below Beyond exhibit; and from a slideshow for The Temple News by Steven Reitz.

Steven Reitz and Susan Kolber


This model from the UPenn architecture studio shows a proposed design for the viaduct portion of the railroad.


What’s next? Our design studio assignments asked us to envision possibilities for the future. The excitement, buzz and dialogue generated by fun, unusual, thought provoking or really do-able ideas is an invaluable resource for making real projects happen. Above Below Beyond helped community members, non-profits and city officials see the possibilities - and imagine some ideas of their own.


conversation starters The UPenn and Temple studio work showed examples of how design concepts come to life. Displayed at the exhibit, the UPenn architecture studio’s final project boards demonstrated how a design program can guide the use of obsolete infrastructure like our railroad. UPenn Professors Julie Beckman and Ariel Genadt challenged their students to rethink the possibilities of an urban infrastructural ruin. The students were asked to organize and design a Remembrance Park and urban plant nursery along the abandoned elevated portion of the railroad in the Chinatown/Callowhill neighborhoods of Philadelphia.

Design credits: this page above: Nhat Dang, Ryan Leifield; this page below: Noelle Tay and Alicia Willett; facing page above left: Juliet Gensemer, Olivia Hass, Marvin Harris; above right: Dan Hawkins, Laura Bridgman, Sam Beattie; below: Noelle Tay and Alicia Willett


The idea behind the unique program was to imagine a cohabitation of distinct functions of various degrees of publicity and operation schedules, attracting a diverse range of the city’s inhabitants, beyond the site’s immediate urban environment. The components of the program were also meant to foster a landscaped urbanism at the scale and socioeconomic reality of the city of Philadelphia, different from the well-known examples of Manhattan’s High-Line and Paris’ Promenade Plantee.


While the UPenn studio focused on the elevated portion of the railroad, the aim of the Temple studio was to prepare a master plan for the entire 3 mile corridor. Seen together, the design concepts cover a wide range of ideas and possibilities.

Design credits, clockwise from top left: Re[Map] Re[Think] Re[New] by Sam Beattie, Laura Bridgman and Dan Hawkins, Inquirer Skywalk by Patrick Whealton, Tunnel Obscura by Amy Syverson, Woodland Walk by Leah Purdy, The Wetland by Cindy Culp, Aaron Karnas, John Tallon, and Dennis Murphy


take aways To extend the reach of these ideas, we created design concept “trading cards” for visitors to take home. We also created an “exhibit supplement” full of case studies of similar, successful projects that were completed as part of the Temple studio.

Amos Shaffer, Kate Holmquist and Above Below Beyond


ideas from the community Our railroad corridor has 4 basic typical sections. We provided postcards of these sections so visitors could leave their own ideas behind. We are thrilled with the results!


this is do-able! Through this whole process, we were overwhelmed with the positive response to our interest in creating such a project. An amazing community - including Kickstarter backers, UPenn, Temple, professors, fellow students, the Next City team, friends, family, the Wells Appel office , and the nonprofits currently working to develop the railroad as a park - provided us support and the generosity with which it was given showed us that this kind of work is do-able. We generated a little bit of buzz and were so happy to be featured in a number of publications. Here is one of our favorite excerpts from a Next City article: “We hear the stories about all-nighters in front of the computer, students ‘living’ in their studios spaces at universities across the country - the sweat, tears and prolific frenzies that fill review halls with impressive renderings. But after the excitement of the project’s presentation fades, how valuable is this work to the community? Three undergraduate design students from Philadelphia universities believe student work can play a bigger role in shaping the urban fabric.” Next City - Kate Holmquist

Other news about Above Below Beyond appeared at ArchDaily, Inhabitat, The 34th Street Magazine, the Temple News, the Design Philadelphia Shaker and Curbed Philly. Interested in finding out more or helping to make this happen? Here are a number of organizations to go to for more useful information about this and other similar projects. NEXT CITY ·Next City is a non-profit media organization dedicated to connecting cities and informing the people who work to improve them

New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Through stewardship, innovative design and programming, and excellence in operations, we cultivate a vibrant community around the High Line.

FRIENDS OF THE HIGHLINE BLOG ·Written by Friends of the High Line’s full-time staff members, the High Line Blog is the best place to come for updates on events and happenings on the High Line. Here you’ll find park news, updates about the rail yards, news from our office, the latest press, photos and video, events, and interesting things happening in our community. Like the High Line, it’s a work in progress. Check back periodically, and we hope you can visit the High Line and see for yourself!

CENTER CITY DISTRICT ·The Center City District (CCD) and Central Philadelphia Development Corporation (CPDC) share a common mission: to enhance the vitality of Center City Philadelphia as a thriving 24-hour downtown and a great place to live, work or have fun. The Central Philadelphia Transportation Management Association (CPTMA) works to make travel within Center City efficient, reliable, pleasant and safe.

FRIENDS OF THE HIGHLINE ·Friends of the High Line works to build and maintain an extraordinary public park on the High Line. We seek to preserve the entire historic structure, transforming an essential piece of New York’s industrial past. We provide over 90 percent of the High Line’s annual operating budget and are responsible for maintenance of the park, pursuant to a license agreement with the

THE READING VIADUCT PROJECT ·In the fall of 2003 John Struble and Sarah McEneaney attend a presentation by Joshua David , co founder of Friends of the High Line at The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS). Earlier that day Struble and McEneaney had walked the viaduct with David and staff of PHS. Inspired by the grass roots efforts of The Friends of the High Line John Struble and

Sarah McEneaney decide to form a non-profit group dedicated to the preservation and adaptive reuse of the abandoned Reading Viaduct. The advocacy group is founded in December 2003. We currently have a volunteer Board and over 200 supporters/subscribers from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. FRIENDS OF THE RAIL PARK Friends of the Rail Park is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to cultivate visions and advocate for a continuous threemile linear park and recreation path in Philadelphia, connecting many neighborhoods and cultural institutions to Fairmount Park along the historic elevated Reading Viaduct and City Branch rail cut of the former Philadelphia and Reading Railroad. Founded in 2010 as VIADUCTgreene, the organization is committed to continuing dialogues initiated with communities along the route, stakeholders, city decisionmakers, and potential partners to build support for Philadelphia’s Rail Park.

Reach us at: abovebelowbeyond.org facebook.com/abovebelowbeyond This publication was printed by the Newspaper Club. Newspaper Club is a service to help anyone make their own newspapers. www.newspaperclub.com. They were so wonderful to work with, and we highly recommend them!


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