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rail

(energizing downtown) along the rail phoenix, az

brett berger christopher ford taylor penunuri ryan sawdey


history of phoenix

“

Wealth, political power and property was controlled by a dominating social class causing the east-west line of the railroad to act as an impermeable residential barrier for the poor neighborhoods of south phoenix. Therefore, the city’s storm water drains, first constructed in 1890, directed runoff and untreated sewage of Anglo neighborhoods into the minority neighborhoods of South Phoenix further causing a social barrier. The warehouse district is located on this east-west border and is composed of many vacant lots.

rail as social+economic barrier


current phoenix

Background Demographics + Info

Downtown (Central City Village)

Population: 1,469,471

Population: 58,161

Land Area: 517.948 Sq Mile

Land Area: 20.5 Sq Mile

Population Density: 2,797.8 / Sq Mile

4.4 / Acre


how do we compare?

new york city

san francisco

phoenix

41 ppl / acre

26 ppl / acre

4 ppl / acre

26,402 ppl / sq mile

16,634 ppl / sq mile

2,797 ppl / sq mile

8,008,278 ppl

7,776,733 ppl

1,469,471 ppl

303 sq mile

460 sq mile

517.2 sq mile


how can we compare?

new york city

future phoenix

san francisco

41 ppl / acre

28 ppl / acre

26 ppl / acre

26,402 ppl / sq mile

18,000 ppl / sq mile

16,634 ppl / sq mile

8,008,278 ppl

7,200,000 ppl

7,776,733 ppl

303 sq mile

517.2 sq mile

460 sq mile


2nd street

madison st.

u.s. airways center

3rd street

jefferson st.

chase field

7th street

convention center

4th street

1st street

1st ave

3rd ave

4th ave

7th ave

washington st.

central ave.

context of w.h.d.

jackson st.

union station

buchanan st.

lincoln st.

We predict as the downtown infills, it will expand south to the relatively inexpensive land (i.e warehouse district).


site analysis of w.h.d.

circulation

prominent buildings

historic buildings

filter circulation to reduce peak traffic during events

emphasize the popularity by intergreting them into the warehouse district

preserve historic buildings by renovating them for new uses


context images of w.h.d.


project statement

“

Rail(ed) is a multi-dimensional redesign of the Warehouse District in Downtown Phoenix that aims to revitalize the area’s architecture and economy by filling in empty lots and renovating the existing structures. The design emphasizes the existing railroad, which becomes a keystone for the design and development of the project. The proposal will serve as a catalyst for future expansion along nearby streets that run north and south in hopes of creating a connection between various socio-cultural communities and will bridge the social barrier between the two regions. Rail(ed) utilizes extensive plantings, follies, and exquisite materials, both in the architecture and the landscape to ultimately re-imagine what is possible in the Warehouse District of Downtown Phoenix.

rail as social+economic catalyst


concept

Viewing the train as a river, downtown phoenix begins to evolve as past and future sediments bind together along the historic railroad.


collsions

about every

3 hrs.

train statistics

9,461 5,388 3,237

hit

2,054

someone is by a train in america

1981 1991 2001 2011 year

incidents at public & private crossings

50%

of vehicle / train collisions occur at crossings with

active warning devices

333million

40times

~

you are

vehicles cross railroads

more likely to die in a crash

in a single day

with a train than you are in a head-on auto crash

84%

of all collisions between trains and autos has been

reduced since 2009

stats based off of federal railroad administrations office of safety analysis


overcoming these issues R R R R R

R

awareness RRR rail arm

RRR sign

folly

light

sound

vegetation

barriers

veg buffer

water buffer

bridge buffer images from enclosure design wild asia- taronga zoo


proposed plan 4th street

3rd street

1st street

central ave.

1st ave

2nd ave

jackson st.

4th ave

3rd ave

us airways center

union station

buchanan st.

50

100

200

400


site program

50

100

200

400


track crossings- site plan

50

100

200

400


union station plan union station

reference image

hotel

mixed-use

10

20

40


union station plan union station hotel entrance bioswale rail trail boarding platform rail trail

hotel

bioswale retail bottom garden rooms hotel entrance

mixed-use

10

20

40


union station barrier type union station

enclosed vegetation

hotel

swale buffer

mixed-use viewing wall

10

20

40


section/ elevations b a

section a

section b


perspectives+character


birds eye view


urban park plan cafe

reference

rec center

10

20

40


urban park barriers cafe

overhead walk

enclosed vegetation

rec center

swale buffer

10

20

40


urban park plan train folly tree grove/ cafe seating botanical walk cafe

overhead pass

reference

bioswale/ retention basin seated steps

rail trail

lightup crossing

10

20

40


urban park plan bioswale/ retention basin light up crossing rail trail kids play area water feature

reference

overhead pass great lawn seated stairs/ concert area snake-run skatepark

recreation center

10

20

40


section/ elevations

a

section a


perspectives+character


center pointe plan us airways center

reference image retail/ restaurant/ office

retail/ restaurant/ office retail/ restaurant/ office

retail/ restaurant/ office

retail/ restaurant/ office 10

20

40


center pointe plan us airways center

entrance sign

retail/ restaurant/ office

lawn/ beer garden retail/ restaurant/ office

bioswale retail/ restaurant/ office overhang

lightup crossing

promenade

retail/ restaurant/ office

retail/ restaurant/ office 10

20

40


center pointe plan us airways center

vegetated wall

retail/ restaurant/ office

retail/ restaurant/ office retail/ restaurant/ office enclosed vegetation

retail/ restaurant/ office

retail/ restaurant/ office 10

swale buffer

20

40


section/ elevations

a

b

section a

section b


perspectives+character


birds eye view


thank you

brett berger christopher ford taylor penunuri ryan sawdey


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