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Re-envisioning Public Infrastructure: The Jones Falls

Re-envisioning Public Infrastructure:
The Jones Falls

Design Conversation 29: Re-envisioning Public Infrastructure
Tuesday, March 1, 6 – 8 pm
Windup Space

12 W. North Avenue

UVA School of Architecture Professor Jorg Sieweke explores the future of the Jones Falls that once shaped the city and has been neglected and buried in an underground culvert to make room for an inner city expressway, the JF-X.

Professors Robin Dripps and Lucia Phinney employ parametric software to model vacant lots, useable roof areas, surface water flows, and scattered vegetative patches in relationship to existing urban patterns, topography, and solar orientation.

From Tim Hill at the Baltimore Citypaper:

Imagine what the city would be like if you rolled back the Jones Falls Expressway and the concrete culvert that carries the falls beneath. Demolish the modernist impulse to reshape nature, and restore the life that once thrived along its banks. Then, take what’s left of a depopulated city and reimagine a smart grid of information-age enterprise consisting of micro-farms, rainwater distribution networks, material salvage and recycling, and thriving entrepreneurship. Three University of Virginia architecture professors envision all of this in a smaller, smarter, self-reliant Baltimore in control of its own future. This 28th installation of the Design Conversation promises another night of visionary thinking, and we like what they see.

This event is Free admission and open to the public.

The Design Conversations are a monthly forum for ideas about Baltimore and beyond. Always free, and always held the first Tuesday of the month at the WindUp Space, these conversations are curated by a group of volunteers, and are made possible by the generous support of The Baltimore Community Foundation and D:Center Baltimore.

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Uncovering the Jones Falls is an interesting idea for Baltimore to consider. A similar project was carried out in Seoul on the Cheonggyecheon stream. Here is a link for those who wish to see some inspiring pictures for what can happen when such an endeavor is taken on:

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