ABOUT SHEKINAH B.
Renewing Community Design
Loving Bringing Joy
Changing Lives Caring
As a designer, my dream is to create spaces that people can enjoy. I want each and every design I create to change the lives of others. I love to help people. If I can just help at least one person, then I feel like I have accomplished my goals. My designs focus on what
people want and what could be best for them. I
want to work in a firm where I can grow in the design world and share my way of designing with others. This book shares pieces of my undergraduate work. I
Bringing People Together
Helping Others Healthy Start to Life
show how I see problems and find solutions to those problems through design. â€œChanging Lives One Design At A Timeâ€? 2
Table of Contents P.1-TRACK TO HEALTHY LIVING
P.3-SEPARATED BUT CONNECTED
P.4A-SITE MACRO ANALYSIS
“Designing for a community that is one” 4
E. 28th St. Hu
Around Tivoly Avenue in Baltimore, Maryland, there are row homes, corner stores, a school, etc. The space has an alley in the back and on one side of it. The parking is placed in the back of the space near the alley. This hybrid housing is infused with apartments and condominiums. The purpose of this project was to bring to the community family centered housing because of the close proximity of the school.
The new hybrid housing development would be surrounded by other hybrids on this block.
TRACK TO HEALTHY LIVING
Each space is family-oriented and gives people the freedom to do what they please. 6
Clifton Park St.
Residence and guest are greeted in the lobby by a receptionist. 7
â€œEveryone Is Welcome To The Health Centerâ€? DN Below is a perspective of the health center at the top floor. The health center is open to the residence of the apartment building and to the public. The residence have access to all of the floors with a key card. The public accesses the health center on the top floor by the elevators. There is also a track at the top of the building by the health center where people are able to walk on to enforce healthy living.
Morgan State University -DN School of Architecture and Planning - BSAED
Housing Studio - Fall 2015 - Shekinah Baltimore
Level 2 Health Center Lobby 8
View to Park on Second Floor
Common Space-Rooftop Track
Lobby Space Circulation
First Floor Lobby Space
Health Center Lobby Space
Private Balconies 5
Common Space-Rooftop Track Housing Studio - Fall 2015 - Shekinah Baltimore
Morgan State University - School of Architecture and Planning - BSAED
Lobby Space Circulation
Section 1 10
Section 2 11
Housing Studio - Fall 2015 - Shekinah Baltimore
After doing research for the Park Heights area in Baltimore, MD and looking at some successful precedents, I dived into the design process creating different iterations of the area. During this project, we had the chance to work into groups. We chose to go with a radial concept that would be refreshing for the neighborhood to come. A commercial corridor would be at the center having a radial effect out to the housing area.
“Bringing A Fresh Start to the Area” Since Park Heights Avenue is a main road, we knew that a lot of people would come past this area. We figured that the commercial area would act as a hotspot attracting not only the people in this area, but also visitors that would come to Park Heights.
“Walk to work, even if it’s four miles. Ride a bike to work. Drive a different way. On your way there, try to find beauty. You’d be surprised how much more of the neighborhood you can perceive and experience when you’re -Nolan Bushnell
Concept #1 shows the primary street (red) having the commercial spaces. Residents and guests would shop at different stores to their liking. Residents can also gain jobs by opening up their own business in their neighborhood. The secondary street (blue) would have the institutional spaces. The northeastern location of the concept would be a library. The library would be located by the existing school. The houses would surround these two areas with parks in different locations. Also, a roundabout was added on the origin of the primary and secondary streets to slow down traffic.
Concept #2 represents a radial effect. The commercial area is the smallest circle swirling to the mixed-use area, and the the housing area. The two thick grey lines represent the main streets people would take to get to dufferent areas of not only the neighborhood, but also the areas surround this neighborhood. The thinner lines on the western side of the area would be the secondary roads. They would cross at an important intersection that would be a roundabout leading to a park.
Iteration #1 applies concept #1 to a real layout. The commercial strip not only has stores, but it also has food places. A grocery store would be added to this area because it is a food desert. Also, by the library would be a job center. This place would teach the residents of this area and guests how to get and keep their jobs. They would also hand out professional attires to wear to not only the interview, but also everyday on the job.
Iteration #2 is based off of the first concept. It is a little different from iteration #1 because it adds a grade school in the area. Also, the commercial area was continued along the southwest edge of the development. An early childhood center was thought of for tutoring the children who went to the grade school in the redeveloped area and the school outside of the area. 17
The figure ground represents the present building structures (grey) in comparison to the new construction (black) that would take place. This diagram shows how the redevelopment fits the surrounding context. Towards the northeastern portion of this map, my group and I thought about continuing the single-family homes into the new redevelopment. This same idea is represented towards the southwestern portion of this map.
Street Network and Green Spaces
The street network and green spaces diagram shows how each road flows into each other. The primary roads carries the main traffic in and through the redevelopment. The secondary and tertiary roads are the local roads for the redevelopment and surrounding the new area. We decided to spread out the green spaces throughout the neighborhood to allow each portion of the area a natural environment.
â€œGiving back to the communityâ€?
Corner Commercial Housing Private Park Residential Mixed-Use Commercial Day Care Center Institutional Green Space
Community Live Work Garden Grocery Housing Commercial Store Private Open Air Hub Library Park Market
Community Park Corner Store
As we walked around the south part of Baltimore, we noticed how the blocks had a corner store serving the area it is located in. After seeing this, we decided to incorporate that element into our design giving some corners that commercial space edge. We thought it was also good to bring back the community garden in the area to give food to one of the buildings on the site. We added a hybrid housing complex that had a community kitchen within it. The garden would feed this kitchen space and also be open to the community for healthy food as well. Along with the community garden, we added a grocery store on the main road so that the community would have food that is healthier than the liquor stores in the area. Also, we added parks throughout the park heights redevelopment area. Some green spaces are semi-private and some are public. On the east side of the development, we chose to have a community park with hybrid housing and regular housing that faces the park. We took this aspect from our precedent and from Jane Jacobs. Eyes on the street is applicable to the park scene. Residents are not only able to monitor the streetscape, but parents can also monitor their children in the park from inside their home and inside of the park itself.
Land Use Diagram
“Building up strong communities” As a group, we decided which part of this area would be built first. We came up with three different phases that would effect the community the most as the redevelopment project began.
Library and Daycare
“Parks bring families together” Each space allows people to join with their family and friends to do what they love. People can use the daycare services provided by people in the neighborhood and either go to the library or the shoppig area along the main street. Families can spend time with each at the park. There is something in this neighborhood for everyone. (Renderings on page done by Akilah F.) 22
Separated But Connected
The concept for this project was to separate the student academic center from the community educational center because of the crime rate in the area. It is important to separate the students and the adults as much as possible to keep the students safe.The two areas are connected by the administration portion of the building. The gymnasium is separated from the rest of the building because of the noise distraction that comes with it.
The Entrance of the Learning Center
Atrium on the Schoolâ€™s Side
Library On The Communityâ€™s Side 27
Separate Gymnasium for Noise Reduction
Administration Student Academics Center Community Educational Center
Circulation Throughout Building
SITE MACRO ANALYSIS
Before I designed something for the community, I had to analyze Westport in Baltimore, MD in order to note the character of the area. I noticed immediately that the area had a strong connection to the main highways, I-295, I-95, and I-395. This area also located near the water, which would be one of the main features once the area is restored.
-Connectivity -Transit -Views -Plaza
-I-295 Splits Westport -Power Plant -Disconnection (Height of wall with lightrails) -Food Desert -Vacancies
-Views to the Waterfront -Waterfront -Water Taxi -Walkable Bridge (Maisel St.)
-Drugs -Disrespect (Transit bringing in non-residence to the neighborhood)
Crime Rate Total Crime Risk
Personal Crime Risk
-No access to food -Lightrail is close to residences
Assault Risk Property Crime Risk
-I-295 Divides the community in two
-Residences leave their neighborhood for activities
Automotive Theft Risk
National Crime Risk Average-100
Household Income/Housing Prices
Average Household Income Median Household Income 32
$86,413 $61,650 33
Traffic Volume, Bus Stops (Noise Pollution)
Lightrail Station Bus Stop Traffic Volume (Main Roads) River Gwynn Falls
Main Street Edge & Views
Building Edges Main View Secondary Views Gwynn Falls
Major Street Network & Links To City
Interstate Highway Links To City Gwynn Falls River Hierarchical Spaces
Access To Different Modes Of Transportation
Walkable Trials Bike Paths CSX Train Lightrail Gwynn Falls River Interstate HIghway Bus Stop
The main goals of this project were: ACCESS -Create a pedestrian friendly road on the site to connect both ends of Maisel Street
COMMUNITY -Join the east and west side of Westport using a urban park to create a unified community -Create a unique space for everyone young and old
DESTINATION -Allow for indoor and outdoor activity
The Westport community is located in Baltimore, MD. People pass this area when they are on I-295 and I-95. Westport is located right by Middle Branch Patapsco River. It is made up of rowhomes throughout the neighborhood.There is a school in the area for the children to go to called â€œWestport Elementary School.â€? This area also has a very important cemetary located in it. A lot of important African Americans are buried in this cemetary. The cemetary was founded in 1872 and is 34 acres.
Precedent Analysis The take home from the precedent, Venice Island, was how there was an influential element in the city that brought people in the neighborhood and outside of the neighborhood together. My goal for this intervention was to bring people together from the East and West sides of Westport. The interstate, I-295, separates the community into two parts. Before my intervention, the two sides of the community were connected by a pedestrian bridge connecting both sides of Maisel Street and a road, Waterview Avenue. In my design, I created a road that allows the East and West Maisel St. to join together creating a pedestrian friendly road. I also created a park that has stores and restaurants in it that allows for people to not only have a great time outside, but also a good time eating and shopping in the stores. The main component of my Garden is to provide a flower store and garden for people to purchase flowers for their loved ones who are buried at the cemetary across the street.
Indoor Activity Area
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Ice Cream Shop
Flower Shop North Flower Garden
Childrenâ€™s Area Flower Shop South
Outdoor Dining Area
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Chess/Card Playing Area
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Parking Behind Eastside Retail
Surveillance of Park Improved Circulation
Park and I-295 Section
Primary Pedestrian Paths Pedestrian Path Primary Roads Pedestrian Road
Annapolis Road Section
Model This model was put together with three main people leading the group in this process. With them leading the group, the Autocad and Illustrator files were created. It was not easy getting the files together at first. We started off with one scale, but in order to show the neighborhood as a whole, we had to change the scale. Once everything was situated, we were able to laser cut the pieces and compile them on a base. One of the people on our team created the base made with two by fours and wood enclosing the two by fours.
While the base was very sturdy, it was also heavy as well. At the bottom of the base, we added wheels so that our model could be stable. After completing the base and the chip board was on top of the base, we were able to put the wooden buildings on top of everything. Some of the wooded structures were layered with more than piece to show the height of the structure in comparison to other structures and things surrounding it. After the neighborhood was built, we added our interventions to the existing site.