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Trail continues under I-35 and connects into Waller Creek

Concrete retaining walls provide mural space for local artists

Landform bridges over rail reconnecting the district while providing views of the Capitol and downtown

accommodating both the current and future mixes of residents. This master plan is developed for the neighborhood in 10-15 years in the future. To accomplish these goals, the urban plan focuses on three major aspects: First, the plan is form-based, utilizing block envelopes determined through environmental controls to encourage activity on the streets. Second, a major land-form park is to be constructed on the current Capitol Metro land, bridging across the light rail. And third, the plan dictates a streetscape plan with various width adjustments and realignments to further make the area livable. With the block envelopes, buildings are encouraged to maintain a unified street-front. Further, the envelopes and blocks are formally adjusted to facilitate breezeways and windflow to improve ventilation during Austin's hot summer months. Additionally, each envelope is trimmed at calculated solar angles to guarantee daylight into the street-scape.. Lastly, the forms are further modified to respect the existing and newly created capitol view corridors.

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Underground parking

Trail follows rail to Saltillo Station

The land-form park sits at the center of the Saltillo District. As it bridges across the intersection of the rail line and Waller Street, the park's purpose is two-fold. First, it literally bridges and reconnects the divided neighborhood, and second, as it rises 25 ft above the existing ground level, it serves to visually reconnect the area with downtown views. Additionally, the park features a hike and bike trail that runs parallel to the rail from the Saltillo train station through I-35 and onto the existing Waller Creek trail in downtown. Lastly, the street-scape aspect of the project completes the plan's overall goals by implementing complete streets safe for pedestrians, bikers, and vehicles. Existing alleyways would be closed off to only pedestrian and bike traffic while several underutilized neighborhood streets would be closed off for pedestrian malls. Additionally, the proposed redo of these alleyways would feature rain gardens for stormwater treatment and discharge as the area is historically prone to flooding. Mural and graffiti walls would also be scattered throughout

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Robbey Orth Portfolio 2016  
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