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Borderline Metropolis | Philadelphia | Port Richmond


Borderline Metropolis | Philadelphia |Port Richmond |Trinity Team| HUGO ‘TRISMEGISTUS’ LEMES HOANG VIET NGUYEN YELIZAVETA ‘LISA’ NESTEROVA

ARCH 4101 - FALL 2010 _______________________________________________________________ INSTRUCTORS: VAL WARKE CLAUDIA CLEMENTE FRANCESCO ISIDORI


Philadelphia’s Railroads: Penn’s Antithesis William Penn designed Philadelphia with the Hippodamian, Roman castrum plan in mind. This gridded plan, supposed to offer large square open landscaped spaces for its inhabitants, started to become quickly fragmented as people settled along the waterfronts, and as industrialization, and particularly the advent of the railroads, initiated the subdivision of the city into organic parcels. Railroad competitioon led to increasing demand for space along the rivers and the docks, causing chaotic patterns and borders to emerge. Stations sprouted throughout the city as railroad companies, specially Reading and Pennsylvania, competed for power in a way that resembled the architectural feud amongst medieval families of towns like San Gimigniano. Reading and Pennsylvannia built lavish grand central stations located almost adjancent to each other, and equally vied for the control of the docks. The progression and consequences of this capitalist greed can be best seen in historic maps of Philadelphia. Upon studying these maps one begins to see that the railroads caused phenomena that together can be understood as a collective antithesis to the original conception of Philadelphia.

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TIMELINE - 19th CENTURY


19th CENTURY MODELS

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19th CENTURY FRAGMENTATION


19th CENTURY RAILROAD COMPANIES

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19th CENTURY RAILROAD COMPANIES


TIMELINE -20th CENTURY

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20th CENTTURY - 1903


20th CENTURY - 1924

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20th CENTURY - COMPETITION


20th CENTURY DETAIL

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19th + 20th CENTURY


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PORT RICHMOND STUDIES


Stripped Urban Agriculture


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Borderline Metropolis | Philadelphia | Port Richmond


Swatches

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Swatches LOW TIDE

HIGH TIDE


New Plan Interwined North Separated South

General Site Conditions - Relationtship with boundary conditions

Commercail and Residential conditions

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Separated defines block commercial

Interwined residential uninterputed city grid

Waterfront


Rail Corridor

Through Streets- Cut into Corridor

General Site Conditions - Deconstruction of Layers

Continuation of Grid- interrupted by corridor


Initial Diagrams

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Initial Proposal Lisa Nesterova

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Sectional Render


Siite Diagrams

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Sections through the Site


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Final Project Proposal


HIGH HI H IG IGH GH H TIDE TIDE

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LOW TIDE


Green Roofs HIGH TIDE

LOW TIDE


Site Photos

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Site Photos


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Found Artifacts

URBAN VOIDS ETYMOLOGY

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HORIZONTAL SPINE

VERTICAL SPINE

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CLUSTERING

PERMEATING


URBAN VOIDS ETYMOLOGY

CORNERING

MAZE

CHUNK

CENTRALISING


STRATEGY URBAN VOID INTERPRETATION

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INTERPOLATION BY EXCAVATION


SITE PLAN INTERPOLATION BY EXCAVATION


SECTIONS

SECTION THROUGH TUNNEL

SECTION THROUGH COURTYARDS

SITE SECTION

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COURTYARD VIEW


COURTYARD VIEW

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COURTYARD VIEW


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Borderline Metropolis | Philadelphia | Port Richmond


Borderline Metropolis | Philadelphia | Port Richmond


Borderline Metropolis | Philadelphia | Port Richmond


Proposing Paradise Hugo Premise In the long existence of humanity, at least before the demotratization of a derived capitalist form (Las Vegas et al.) the idea of paradise has always been exclusive, only for a certain number of people, an elite chosen or fortunate group of deities, of royals, and even of assassins (as we learn from the legends concerning the Hashashin, for example). Port Richmond has been everything except paradise. It has seen the voracious and greedy expansion of the railroads and coal docks, and the interventions of the shipping industry for two centuries. And more recently, it has been left in disrepair, serving as a perfect representative and reflection of the distopic local neighborhood in Philadelphia. Despite the first impressions, Port Richmond is still very much active. CSX trains run through the site daily, and the young use the area for diversion and delinquent behavior. The environment, however, lacks such aspects as vibrance, soul, harmony, and happiness. An urban intervention for the area would have to be a dramatic one in order for it to affect the immediate surroundings. It would have to be an idea having a similar caliber to that of the ‘second man’ as noted by Edmund Bacon, and architecturally represented at the Piazza Anunziatta. In other words, it would have to be a proposal that could essentially transcend and, in a few generations, enhance the area programatically, aesthetically, and financially. It is interesting to note that William Penn symbolically named his experiment after a biblical city which would be spared during the apocalypse. The current conditions of the city are far from utopic, and one could argue that there are many reasons to save the marble and glass city, and the cradle of American Independence from selfdestruction. Perhaps one possibility, at least for the Port Richmond waterfront, would be to bring in some form of paradisical intervention.

Left: Eden as depicted in the first or left panel of Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights Triptych

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MERGING OF AXES PORT RICHMOND

Border Talk The entire research and form creation during this semester has focused on metropolitan borders, divisions, fragmentation, and a plethora of emergent phenomena. As an extension to the railroad studies, I decided to focus on the docks of Port Richmond - for many years dominated and expanded by the coal industry and the Reading railroad company.

Richmond St & Lehigh St

Richmond St & Ann St

Richmond St & Cambria St

The progams ar e mostly recreational, athletic facilities - featuring saunas, sporting courts, pools, gyms, restaurants, and gardens.

Richmond St & Somerset St

The architecture is derived from the existing architecture of the ruins, featuring repetitious, industrial modular sequences such as covered pergolas.

Richmond St & Huntingdon St

Axes created by the docks and the streets, of differeing angles, conflict at interstate 95. The design intervention tries to merge these conflicting axes by their extension into one another. These paths, while linking the docks to the public realm, also enclose the area through natural green walls and public pathways (the idea of the enclosure linking back to that of the enclosed paradise, and at the same time also to the idealized democratization of public space ingrained int he city of Philadelphia since its conception by William Penn).

Richmond St & Schirra Dr

Architecture Derived from Existing Axes and Ruins


DERIVATION OF ARCHIITECTURE AXON: 1/128” = 1’-0”

SECTION: 1/128” = 1’0”

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PLAN


PORT RICHMOND DOCK CONCEPT

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PORT RICHMOND DOCK CONCEPT


SHADOW PLAN SHADOWS THROUGH THE SOLSTICES

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MODELS SITE MODEL


MODELS PIER 3 MODEL

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MODELS PIER 3 MODEL


MODELS PIER 3 MODEL

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RENDERINGS SITE PERSPECTIVE


RENDERINGS MAIN DERIVATED AXIS: PERGOLA AND RUNNELS

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RENDERINGS MAIN DERIVATED AXIS: TOWARDS DELAWARE RIVER COURSE


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Borderline Metropolis | Philadelphia | Port Richmond  
Borderline Metropolis | Philadelphia | Port Richmond  

Proposals for urban interventions in Philadelphia

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