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:
- Establish a new relationship fabric to maximize interaction, promote social synergy and create engineered serendipity [micro]
- 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’.