Located in the Strip District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this project aims to merge the eco-machine of riparian zones with the urban fabric of Pittsburgh. The project consists of commuter housing that also engages the larger community. Addressing the lack of green space in the former factory-rich area and taking advantage of the riverfront location are major design drivers for the site plan. In the smaller scales of the design, there is a priority on creating multiple levels of space, from the communal outdoor spaces and recreational buildings, to the kitchen and laundry clusters, to the individual units. This project was done in conjunction with Zain Islam-Hashmi.
A site plan showing the river manipulation, terrain, vegetation, circulation, water flow, communal recreation spaces, housing unit locations, and urban connections.
Site plan design process.
A diagram of the built design described by individual units, primary clusters, and secondary space as well as rainwater collection and filtrated use in the clusters.
A section through a basin, describing both the traditional, natural riparian zone and the built environment, including a unit, a cluster, and a recreational space.
Chipboard model describing the underground workings, representing the units and primary clusters as voids in the earth.