LAR 7020: Urban Forest
This project establishes an adaptive landscape framework to address the pressing stormwater concerns of the Jones Falls watershed, creating new spaces of public occupation and pedestrian traffic, and establishing a series of regional identities based in topography and hydrology. The position of Baltimore within the northern Chesapeake Bay watershed places it within an oligohaline (low salinity) estuary. Tidal waters push into the Jones Falls river corridor and create zones of fluctuation that can be utilized to support regional ecological communities, and to create a hydrological framework for the corridor. A new armature of wetland terraces within the Jones Falls Corridor will recapture base flows from the culvert and filter harmful pollutants from the water before it reaches the bay. The culvert will remain in place as a redundant system for large storm events. As the culvert reaches the bay, it will be opened into a bioretention plaza.