The Rail Park
Design Completed: January 2017 - May 2017
Site Location: Philadelphia, PA
Client: Friends of the Rail Park, City of Philadelphia
Skills: AutoCAD, Sketchup, ArcGIS, City Engine, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, LandFX, Community Outreach, Public Meetings, Inventory & Analysis, Etc
Project Team: Ryan Harris, GeoDesign
The Rail Park, is a vision for the current in the ground cut which connects directly to phase 1 of the reading viaduct park currently being developed. Each of our group member's chose a piece of the cut to focus on. The design concept focuses on an urban forest transformed into an urban park and alternative transportation corridor for bike and pedestrian access through to so many regions of Philadelphia. It provides a safe and refreshing route to take while also providing easy on and off access and stops along the route including some retail and educational spaces. The cut will also serve as a city public park which will provide an urban oasis for thousands of residents of neighborhoods such as Spring Garden, West Poplar, Callowhill, Logan Square, Fairmount, and stretch all the way from Brewerytown to Northern Liberties. Some of the highlights of this capstone project include in depth research and analysis graphically illustrated through maps and diagrams as well as a stunning lighting and site plan that address safety, efficiency and sustainability. The renderings provide a unique feel for the site as well as many detailed CAD sections and elevations. Finally the project is capped off with an in-depth planting plan for the entire forest section of the cut I focused on, which included a comprehensive plant schedule with symbols, plant acronyms and characteristics.