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[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.
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