ECOLOGY, SITE + DESIGN | New Tracks Providence, RI 6 Week Design Project Spring 2013
DESIGN | Concept Railroad development had a distinguished role in Providenceâ€™s past, which is exhibited through many of the cityâ€™s factory buildings. One such factory, The American Locomotive Company, called the Valley District its home. I want to revitalize the history that railroads have played within Providence, and specifically at this site. With the remnants of tracks running across the Woonasquatucket River and accessing the site, my concept plays off of the linear stacking of train cabs and the multiplicity of intersecting tracks. I created a system of pathways that bisect between activity zones as well as significant transition points. As one crosses the site from Valley Street to the River, these shifts in alignment cause the visitor to reorient himself, allowing him to become aware of the surroundings and allowing him to become conscious of programmatic changes. I also used the technique of graded berms as a means to connect the hillside to the waterfront. In order to reintroduce the community to the River, I designed entirely new tracks that will bustle with activity along its bank.
MASTER SITE PLAN
ACTIVITY HUB 1 |community center
ACTIVITY HUB 2 | kayak storage
ACTIVITY HUB 3 | kayak practice pool