This in-progress topical project focuses on four transportation infrastructures as keystones for urban design.  The project aggregates built port, river, rail, and road infrastructure reuse and co-use projects in order to understand the outsized social, environmental, and economic impacts that these linear systems have had relative to their acreage.  We are in a moment when densification and urban livability is important for reduced energy use, yet public funding for urban amenities like parks and alternative transportation in the U.S. is paltry.  A review of 400 international projects with varied funding mechanisms and partnerships demonstrate creative uses for urban land that leverage co-benefits like climate change adaptation, carbon mitigation, strengthening community bonds, increased health outcomes, no-carbon transportation, urban cooling, low-impact stormwater management, and community development by pairing natural and nature-based solutions (NNBS) with transportation corridors.  In addition, the project distills the five main strategies employed, provides a methodology for identifying infrastructural assets and opportunities for any city, relates the impacts of historical public space networks 100 years later, and documents lessons learned about greening, gentrification, displacement, and community process.  The project extends SWA’s work on infrastructure.

RESEARCH TEAM

Anya Domlesky, Emily Schlickman, and Jonah Susskind, XL research and innovation Lab at SWA
Gerdo Aquino, Ying-yu Hung, Esther (Xuezhen) Xie, Haoyu Zhao, Hillary DeWildt, Kapp Singer, Amanda Ton, and Michael Siu, SWA
Louisa Kennett
Maria Ulloa
Slide Kelly, Slide Kelly Cartographic, LLC
Xinlei Gu
Elvis Wong, SWA, XL

THANKS TO

Catherine Nagel, City Parks Alliance
Anne Olson, Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Asima Jansveld, The High Line Network
Marie Law Adams and Dan Adams, Landing Studio
Yuxiang Luo, James Lima JLP+D
Ben Helphand, Friends of Bloomingdale Trail
Meghan Injaychock, Atlanta Beltline, Inc
Lynnette Reid, Atlanta Beltline, Inc
Rahid Cornejo, Bergen Arches Preservation Coalition
Terry Savage, formerly National Park Service
BSA Space
Danika Cooper, University of California, Berkeley
Michele Richmond, Weber Thompson
Cali Pfaff, Design Workshop
Drew Watkins, SWA
Natalia Beard, SWA
Joe Runco, SWA
Kerri da Silva, SWA
Masako Ikegami, SWA
Kristen Taylor, SWA
Jeremy Klemic, SWA