Category: Transect 7

Transect 7 featured as part of Edge: Harbor and City Displays at Baltimore Museum of Industry 10/24-11/12

Snippet from the Article in Baltimore Magazine

Starting today, you can see the various design and planning proposals to re-imagine the City of Baltimore’s relationship to water in the built environment. I’m proud of to be part of the team at Morgan State University School of Architecture and Planning that created “Transect 7”, who submitted to the AIA Baltimore Spring Lecture Series’ Design Competition, Edge: Harbor and City. For Transect 7, I was a small voice on a team of talented architects, designers and planners who thought of interesting reuses of space along the city’s major parks and waterways. (e.g. Ciera and I came up with the idea of light archways over vehicular and pedestrian pathways).

The presentations have been on traveling display at the AIA Baltimore Architects Bookstore October 4-9, at the opening reception of the competition at the Baltimore Visitor Center since October 10th, and now on display at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, October 24-November 12.

From Baltimore Magazine “Visions for Harborplace Discussed Among Local Architects” by Evan Greenberg on October 23, 2019:

Morgan State University associate professor Samia Rab Kirchner and her students in the school of Architecture and Planning submitted a proposal entitled “Transect 7,” where three different “interventions” (which Kirchner describes as pedestrian pathways) would be installed to better connect neighborhoods and prepare for the changing climate.

“Water is not an edge,” Kirchner says. “It flows from upper ground to lower ground. The more barriers we put in front of it, the more devastating the effect.”

The Morgan State team also placed its emphasis along Jones Falls with three suggested interventions in Cylburn, Station North, and the Inner Harbor. At the Station North bridge, there would be a canoe stop that would allow residents to take an alternate mode of transport to the Inner Harbor as a solution to combat environmental emissions.
As Kirchner sees it, the water is there—it’s just a matter of rerouting it to benefit the city and its residents.
“It’s not creating new waterways,” she says. “It’s connecting to the old waterways that are running but are inaccessible. We believe that having access to water is a right.”

Transect 7 Ideas Board

Concept board with found images online:

Some of my quick thoughts from our brainstorm for materials for temporary public art:

For the archways: 

I recommend we look at short (3′ or so) segments of large PVC pipe, connected by conduits into an angular arch that would stretch over the pedestrian paths. We’d then drill holes into the pipe and that would allow us to run LED lights inside or along it, or have a hose within that could act as a sprinkler.
The pipe would then be epoxied onto a plywood board and weighed down with sand bags or concrete blocks.
If on display for more than a week, I’d recommend we get an engineer’s spec and get proper concrete footer permits, including digging and pouring and all that.
For the stormwater catchers, I’m still a bit unclear of how it’d be designed. But if we use smaller PVC pipes with conduits, that’s certainly workable and we could use hard netting with muslin and an acrylic paint for decoration.