The restorative plan addresses re-establishment of the frontage of the Delaware River as a natural resource by rehabilitation of the pre-existing natural habitat. Furthermore, mixed manufacture and agriculture transform the economic development type.
Residential and industrial compose the local community, adjacent to Folcroft landfill, limited social functional space and outdoor green programs should be proposed on site.
High impervious surfaces cause water run off and fragmented green connection. Degraded the quality of residential life.
Insufficient public transportation connectivity to the local community, proposed increasing physical connectivity between communities and increasing resident access to resources.
The floodplains could be a positive rather than a negative to create green corridors along the streams in Folcroft Township. Itâ€™s a recreation opportunity access people to the nature resources.
Vacant land reuse would help stimulate the communityâ€™s economic and educational enrichment toward improving ecological health and quality of life for local residents.
The local community development caters to the populationâ€™s demand by taking advantage of reuse and healing the landfill.
Water pool outside the Food Market Center with observation bridge to watch the birds.
A trail system gives residents access to the waterfront of the Darby Creek and Tinicum Marsh.
WOODEN DECK Currently, the saturated frequently flooded conditions of the spring area are not conducive to the present use. The currently maintenance parking are frequently inundated and have require sump pumping systems to remove excessive water. Water runoff is hastened by the maintained lawn uphill.
Water source for the proposed wetland is this spring and surface and ground water from uplan
nd areas to the north and northeast of the site.
FOREST & WHEAT Mature native trees Sycamore and Black Gum sit adjacent to the proposed wetland, however, it consists of invasive trees, shrubs and vines as well. And the invasive species is a major problem existed in the woods.
This multi-faceted collaborative project transforms the proposed design area in several ways: it converts a chaotic, low area and a springhouse nearby parking lot into a beautiful wetland surrounded by wooden deck with contemplative sitting places, a meandering board walk go though wetland; it restores a forest snags space for wildlife habitat and a observation place for relax; it also restores a narrow open space in forest near the riparian corridor, provides seating for a different feeling in forest with hearing the flowing stream; it creates a wheat field representative of the historical orchard with artistic works and recess place; and it constructs a elegant grey water management system in the backyard of the building located at right side of the pedestrian entrance, water purified at reed bed through several ponds at different elevation and inflow to stream lined with native trees.
The proposed design site is trying to extension the main academy area on campus. Repeating the tradition design language on campus creates the similar shapes for gathering space in wetland and forest in order to emphasize its context within the campus grid. Busy road bound the edge of the site. A short walk lined with buildings, trees and shrub creates the main pedestrian entrance for visitors, guiding to the â€˜eco-tourâ€™ landscape. The project is to be combining a stream restoration and woodland ecology. The proposed plan recognizes storm water as an important resource and identifies several opportunities at Temple University Ambler that capitalize on inherent qualities of the landscape to manage storm water. Two basins compose the wetland with head wall structure catches the water from the siteâ€™s earlier history of springhouse impoundments. In addition, for the several additional design opportunities: to enhance recreational uses, enrich and add wildlife habitat, and create a memorial area in the form of wheat planting.