C40: Reinventing Cities | Driving carbon neutral and resilient urban regeneration.

Public engagement for a new ecosocial landscape.


Proposals:
Clinton Triangle | Portland, OR:

We propose to reverse the conventional process for programming urban development. Bottom-up, instead of top-down, we propose a participatory co-design process as our team’s core methodology from day one. Grounded in fieldwork and dialogue, public engagement will nurture the evolution of the site into a new district that is socially conscious, environmentally sustainable, and economically accessible to all. With an emphasis on equity full-stop, the site will evolve into Fair.ground: a new eco-social landscape will frame the conditions for a new model of urbanism that is inclusive and self-organizing. The site’s defining spatial logic will be a verdant web of outdoor living spaces or forums, diverse in both scale and geometry, optimized to support a full spectrum of community-driven programs. All-day and year-round, a micro-climate for public assembly will be achieved through an archipelago of buildings sculpted to maximize solar access and natural ventilation. Under the threat of climate change, the optimistic urbanism at Fair.ground will be a living display and celebration of the latest advances in green infrastructure (modular mass timber, thermal exchange loops, rainwater harvesting and waste management) and social innovations (shared economies of co-living and co-working, affordable housing typologies, ecological art exhibition and fabrication). 113 years after Portland’s Lewis and Clark Exposition, Fair.ground will again showcase proudly the region’s progress in forestry, building, agriculture and irrigation technologies. However, in an act of revision, this project will heal past generations’ mistakes. Rather than demonstrate how much we can extract and profit from the land, Fair. ground will be a living display of how we must act as stewards, not masters of the Earth; a collective celebration of humanity’s interdependence with nature; a perpetual exhibition of the most recent technological and social advances towards a carbon-neutral, climate positive future.


EXISTING
  • Original building on the site
YEAR 1
  • Fences and barriers removed, connection with surroundings
  • Hardscapes replaces by native plants and pervious surfaces
  • Reorganizing program
YEAR 5
  • Bridge connecting railway station and site
  • Ecological art center
  • First prototype of affordable housing and co-work loft
YEAR 50
  • All original buildings torn down, program moved into new mixed-use towers, maximum density achieved.


Proposal concept sketch: the listed functions expand the possibilities of the development. Credit: Andrew Heid, Theo Dimitrasopoulos, Feng Zhao.

Clinton Triangle Proposal:

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Innovation Hub | Vancouver, B.C. Canada:

Bottom-up, instead of top-down, we propose a participatory co-design process as our team’s core methodology from day one. Grounded in fieldwork and dialogue, public engagement will nurture the evolution of the site into a new typology that is socially conscious, environmentally sustainable, and economically accessible to all. With an emphasis on equity and resilience, the site will evolve into High Ground: a new eco-social landscape framing the conditions for a model of urbanism that is inclusive and selforganizing. The site’s defining spatial logic will be an architecturally-defined topography of outdoor living spaces or agoras, diverse in both scale and geometry, optimized to support a full spectrum of community-driven programs. All-day and year-round, a verdant microclimate for public assembly will be achieved in a verdant horizontal and vertical proliferation of cascading terraces woven around mass timber towers sculpted to optimize both solar access and natural ventilation. Under the threat of climate change, the optimistic urbanism at High Ground will be a living showcase and celebration of the latest advances in not only green infrastructure and passive design, but also social organization. This includes proposing solutions to the popular perception that the people who live and work in Vancouver can no longer afford to live there. Through a participatory co-design process, High Ground will develop and test new typologies for affordable housing—prioritizing a commitment and close collaboration with First Nations. Facing the continued repercussions of both colonialism and industrialization, this project aspires to heal past generations’ mistakes. Rather than demonstrate how much we can extract and profit from the land, High Ground will be a living display of how we must act as stewards, not masters of the Earth; a collective celebration of humanity’s interdependence with nature; a perpetual exhibition of the most recent technological and social advances towards a carbon neutral, climate positive future.


EXISTING
  • Original building on the site
YEAR 1
  • Adaptive reuse of existing warehouses with inserted/excavated public realms
YEAR 5
  • Demolition of H1
  • Site revegetation
  • B2 houses the Creative Hub
YEAR 10
  • New context around the site
  • Network of 3D streams connecting building and public space
YEAR 50
  • Landscape matures into an urban forest


Proposal concept sketch: the listed functions expand the possibilities of the development. Credit: CBA Architects, Andrew Heid, Theo Dimitrasopoulos.

Innovation Hub Proposal:

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Pershing Road Buildings Announcement:

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Contributions:

I provided support throughout the collaboration in the form of drawings, renderings and communications with the collaborators for the 3 proposals (Portland, Vancouver and Chicago. Our Chicago team is a finalist for the Pershing Road Buildings site and is not distributed for reasons of confidentiality.) I was in charge of providing guidelines to our collaborators, acquiring necessary legal documents, portfolio work and Letters of Interest and assembling the communications decks and final proposal documents. I also created phasing diagrams and assisted in the creation of the concept drawings for each proposal.


Team:

NOA: Andrew Heid, Christopher Purpura, Theo Dimitrasopoulos, Feng Zhao, Nadya Mikhaylovskaya.
Portland Team: Transsolar, ARUP, Raven A+U, Waechter Architecture, Clement Blanchet Architecture, NOARCHITECTURE, PLACE, Center for Public Interest Design, James Lima Development, Community Development Partners.
Vancouver Team: Transsolar, ARUP, Raven A+U, Waechter Architecture, Clement Blanchet Architecture, NOARCHITECTURE, PLACE, Center for Public Interest Design, James Lima Development, Community Development Partners.
Chicago Team: Washington Park Development Group, BLD Works, Civic Projects, NOARCHITECTURE, Clement Blanchet Architecture, Site Design Group, WSP & Eco Achiever.

Tools & methods:

Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, AutoCAD, V-Ray.