In June 2011, Urbanite Magazine sponsored the annual Open City Challenge Competition to focus on quality-of-life issues that will arise during the construction of the Red Line through Baltimore City.
The proposed Red Line is a 14-mile, light rail transit line that will run east-west from Woodlawn through downtown Baltimore, Fells Point, and Canton to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Campus. It will link up with the existing Light Rail, Metro subway, and MARC train lines, creating a comprehensive transportation system. When constructed, the Red Line will run mostly in the median of existing roadways, with a few miles of tunnels.
Our team decided to focus on how the Red Line would affect Baltimore’s West Side, where the city is already divided by Rt.40.
We developed a modular membrane that can be used to screen the construction of the Red Line and be an interactive element in the community. It would feature benches, planters, and even be configured to create an amphitheater.
Check out our competition entry in our Attached Files for more information!
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