[RE]Map [RE]Think [RE]New _ 2012
University of Pennsylvania
Instructor: Julie Beckman
Appropriating an urban infrastructural ruin (the Reading Viaduct in Philadelphia), urban expansion takes the
form of a public promenade, which combines a remembrance park with a commercial nursery. The surrounding context is
mapped and considered in four unique ways: ownership (private/public), movement (fast/slow), building permanence
(high/low), and programmatic permanence (high/low). Overlaid, the four base mappings find unlikely relationships
and optimized zones along the viaduct.
Using topographic shifts as an indicator of programmatic mixture and intensity, a landscape emerges which
articulates separate commercial and ceremonial spaces. Splits in the topography are also inhabited by combinations
of ritual and nursery - creating a new civic typology that demands engagement.