ARCH 3020: Barclay Food Network
Barclay Food Network
This project aimed to create commercial intensity though food at an intersection to revitalize the rest of the Barclay community. We mapped Barclay and the programs of each building to understand the city's fabric. We used Grasshopper to study the Barclay intersections in terms of their intensity and vacancy, in order to narrow down good and bad intersections to focus on. Greenmount St. forms a seam through Barclay separating the neighborhood by demographics, creating an interesting area to bring people together. We decided to create an attraction to help revitalize Barclay's vacancies by focusing on the intersection at 20th and Greenmount St. We thought about the four corners as a whole to generate a strong system around food, considering the movement through the intersection. This was based on the precedent of the area, having commercial buildings on the corners with residential buildings filling in the rows.
The metered row house forms the language of the streets. In our sectional design, we used the rules "push and pull" when addressing the load bearing walls. Push is used to represent public open space and pull is used to represent attraction and transparency of the food process. As a way to expand our program to the rest of the city we designed food trucks that would travel to the intersections we looked at earlier. We designed the food trucks with the same rules as the building to connect to the intersection as a whole. In conclusion, we felt that focusing on this one intersection of Barclay is a good start to bringing people to the area and filling in the vacancies across the seam.