Transportation Vignettes
BMH 01 - 12 - 2010

Continuing design exploration for Lawrence Village, I explored two vignettes in an effort o improve the community. The first vignette, an investigation of bridge typologies (Image Right), explored three urban sections for their impact on urban space and traffic patterns. An issue in Lawrence, 56th street isolates Lawrence Village from southern half of the town, thus resulting in a divided community. The first thumbnail explores bridge design as an urban continuation, seen in both Florence and Venice. In both examples, a bridge conceals a transportation corridor allowing a pedestrian to cross from one portion of the city to the next without a break in rhythm. The second thumbnail investigates the iconic bridge type for its potential as a landmark and pedestrian element, similar to designs by Calatrava. The city could dig a trench for the primary traffic corridor to pass below grade, allowing a pedestrian bridge to connect the community and act as a gateway into the town. The third thumbnail depicts a traffic corridor raised above the city, allowing the urban grid to continue below the rail. This model exist in cities like Chicago and Dubai. Inspired by the zero footprint design and execution of Masdar City in Abu Daubi, the second vignette (Image Left), explores the potential introduction of public, high-speed transportation in Lawrence. While Masdar is planned for a green-field site, the design principles might translate to an existing infrastructure in Indiana. That project was built on a green-field site. Can these design principles translate to an existing infrastructure such as that in Lawrence? Using the numerous metro and train stations as a basis for design exploration, this sketch considered the introduction of urban agriculture, photovoltaic energy, site terracing, and wind screening.

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