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An opportunistic pedestrian connection and plaza

La Dallman: Marsupial Bridge Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Program Like many North American postindustrial cities, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is replete with leftover interstitial spaces that are the by-products of urban infrastructure planned without engagement to its context. The multiphased Marsupial Bridge project involves the regeneration of such a zone, surrounding the 1925 Holton Street Viaduct that crosses the Milwaukee River. The viaduct is located in the heart of the densest neighborhood in southeastern Wisconsin, an emerging area for regeneration within a city that has experienced dramatic population loss since the middle of the twentieth century.

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A coalition of neighborhood groups sought a transformative intervention to activate this brownfield, surrounded by neglected spaces, empty storefronts, abandoned industrial sites, and poorly planned traffic patterns. The project renews this unclaimed territory, offering the urban traveler a new vantage point from which to experience the viaduct as an engineered artifact and its residual terrain as a productive civic space. Service


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Shelter and services for laborers

Public Architecture: Day Labor Station Prototype design

Program Each day, more than 110,000 people look for day labor work in the United States. Over 75 percent of day labor hiring sites occupy spaces meant for other uses, such as street corners and home improvement store parking lots. Due in part to their visibility, day laborers are often seen as symbols of the country’s broken immigration system and its increasing dependence on a low-wage, contingent workforce. Some residents, businesses, city officials, and police have attempted to address the issues by marginalizing and criminalizing day laborers seeking work. This deflects attention from the real issue day laborers face: their lack of integration into the community.

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Solution Design is often viewed as a luxury, and yet it can be used as a tool with greater impact and longevity than a political statement or a judicial ruling. The Day Labor Station is a prototypical solution—designed to be a model that can be replicated by anyone— that provides an innovative vehicle through which to advance the status of day laborers within the community. As the clients, day laborers are involved in the planning, building, and maintenance of each station. Service


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An elevated ribbon park built on postindustrial ruins

James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro: THe High Line New York, New York

Program The High Line is a one-and-a-half-mile-long public park built on an abandoned, elevated railroad stretching twenty-two city blocks, from the Meatpacking District to the Hudson Rail Yards, in Manhattan. Solution Inspired by the melancholic, “found” beauty of the railroad, where nature had reclaimed a once-vital piece of urban infrastructure, James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed the High Line to re-fit this industrial conveyance into a postindustrial instrument of leisure. By changing the rules of engagement between plant life and pedestrians, their strategy of “agri-tecture” combines organic and building materials into a blend of changing proportions that accommodates the wild, the cultivated, the intimate, and the social.

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In stark contrast to the speed of nearby Hudson River Park, the singular linear experience of the new High Line landscape is marked by slowness, distraction, and an otherworldliness that preserves the strange, wild character of the High Line, without underestimating its intended use and popularity as a new public space. This notion underpins the overall strategy— the invention of a new paving and planting system that allows for varying ratios of hard to soft surface that transition from high-use areas (100 percent hard) to richly vegetated biotopes (100 percent soft), with a variety of experiential gradients in between. Service


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