Masterplan and Centerpiece of a New Detroit Infrastructure
With provocation from the massive infrastructural additions within the Detroit neighborhood of Delray, the Gateway Terminal functions as a diffusion point for travelers. Aligning with the objectives of the greater urban project, Delray Reconnected, the Gateway Terminal does not focus on introverted architectural programs but rather it has a reciprocal relationship of support with the social and physical infrastructures of the revitalized neighborhood.
As a total renovation of the existing infrastructures and communities within the area, Delray Reconnected serves not only its own objectives, but also the greater good of Detroit. Introducing light rail to Detroit as a connection from the Gateway Terminal to downtown, the urban project is reborn from the ashes of an industrial wasteland into an international link connecting into an efficient infrastructural network that spans a region of nearly a million square miles and affects over a hundred million people.
[done in collaboration with Maria Capota & Adrian Avilez]
The intent of this proposal is to increase accessibility between the Delray neighborhood and Downtown Detroit for local residents and visitors arriving in the region via high-speed rail. Waterfront reclamation is emphasized by introducing remediation strategies as well as recreational opportunities to create habitable environments for humans and wildlife. Finally, connectivity between Mexicantown, Delray, and the riverfront are facilitated by creating public spaces that intersect dense corridors of infrastructure and multi-use development.
Specific actions include:
Improve the existing road infrastructure by regulating grid and the block sizes and ameliorating the streetscape with parks and public plazas.
Introduce light rail transit as an alternative to automotive access along a dense corridor of residential and commercial development to integrate local and regional transportation systems.
Enhance the environment by applying principles associated with vegetative restoration, soil remediation, and management of stormwater runoff.
Designate the waterfront for recreational activities and establish a shoreline capable of withstanding erosive forces such as water-level fluctuations.
Anchor a medical research campus along the site’s major highway corridor to promote civic public service and increase funding for project development and investment.