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12/26/2015

Rewire

Gary Polk (website)
University of Pennsylvania School of Design
Arch 601 Design Studio
Faculty: Brian Phillips (website)
2015  

 

Following a history of healthy development mid-century, the neighborhood in West Philadelphia surrounding 60th street station is now experiencing high vacancy rates and a stagnant urban fabric that no longer attracts modern social, technical and economic circuitry. To combat this, REWIRE proposes a new development on the vacant block between the 58th and 59th streets that will:

  1. Establish a new relationship fabric to maximize interaction, promote social synergy and create engineered serendipity [micro]
  2. Re-wire the urban block infrastructure to adhere to the modern spectrum of socioeconomic demographics [macro]

The complex plugs into the various wires of the city, such as the train (students), the neighborhood (family), the sky (luxury), and the ground (commercial). This is all brought together by the lifting and liberation of the groundscape, which provides a much needed recreational oasis for the area and creates a new ground plane platform. This new platform fabric works in conjunction with a facade system of fluctuating opacity to create a hyperactive version of ‘walk-up urbanism’.

 

market & 59th corner entrance

market & 59th corner entrance

chronology of density

chronology of density

wiring exploration

wiring exploration

plugging in diagram

plugging in diagram

Site Plan

Site Plan

platform plan

platform plan

groundscape plan

groundscape plan

platform serendipity

platform serendipity

unit axon-facade

unit axon-facade

unit interior

unit interior

section perspective

section perspective

north-south section

north-south section

elevation looking west

elevation looking west

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