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Our Kolb-Berglund Fellow Reports From the Field...

Our Kolb-Berglund Fellow Reports From the Field...

Jessica Zarowitz is a third-year MLA student at theUniversity of Texas at Austin and was awarded the 2012 Kolb-Berglund TravelingFellowship from the Dallas Center for Architecture.  The fellowship is helping to fund travel forher research.  The first leg is done andshe sends this report (and these photos)...

The Dallas Center for Architecture awarded me ascholarship to contrast andcompare three abandoned railroad lines turned into parks: the PromenadePlantée in Paris, the High Line in New York City andthe Reading Viaduct in Philadelphia!  So far this summer,I've visited the two east coast projects.  In June, I traveled to NewYork (my home state) and to then to Philadelphia.  InPhiladelphia I met with designers from Studio Bryan Hanes, the firmcurrently working on the design development of “the Spur” section of theReading Viaduct.  The design process began in 2001, a result of agrassroots community effort similar to that of the High Line, and will bemoving into the construction document phase later this year.

 Today, the Paris and NewYork City projects have become archetypes for how to rethinkantiquated, unused infrastructure and be successful in their adaptive reuse. These new parks have positively impacted their surroundingneighborhoods through increased real estate development and outdoor urbanrecreation, and have become catalysts for other parkway and elevated raildevelopment proposals like Philadelphia’s Reading Viaduct, the Beltline inAtlanta, and the Bloomingdale Trail in Chicago.

 Stay tuned for images from my trip to Paris thisAugust!!

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