Monica Pascatore
Monica Pascatore
July 12, 2019

Baltimore AIA – Edge Harbor and City

Monica Pascatore
Monica Pascatore

Designers from our Baltimore office recently completed an entry into the AIA Baltimore Edge Competition.

“The Edge: Harbor and the City” prompted designers to consider if a built structure could be placed on the harbor’s edge to link the land and the sea, the city and the harbor. Our team took the prompt further and explored extending a long-buried historic waterway back into the harbor: the Jones Falls. Below is more about our submission.

Project Statement:

Stitch transitive verb: to make, to mend, to join

The current complexion of Baltimore’s harbor might suggest the addition of a singular structure(s) at its edge; to us, it suggests something more. The harbor’s rich history is tied to both land and sea, natural and manmade systems, and to a diverse people dedicated to its past, present and future. This submission explores how edges can form a “whole”–it proposes that the harbor’s edge can be used as a means to stitch together neighborhoods that are otherwise disconnected.

Our design response focuses on one of three historic green corridors within the city–the Jones Falls valley. The proposal extends the natural systems, both aquatic and vegetative, along the historic edge. A new aquatic greenway will unearth the long-buried amenity of the historic Jones Falls stream and connect the harbor with the city in a profound way, stitching neighborhoods together by allowing the natural systems to expand outward into the fabric of the city. The “stitches” will move over, under, inside, alongside and thru the aquatic greenway, fastening together the distinct parts on either side. Design of the aquatic greenway and stitch interventions will flex specifically in response to flood events in a manner that exploits them.  At several locations, the stitching will extend deeper into the city fabric to create a network with existing green infrastructure. This response is about understanding Baltimore for more than its harbor.

Team: Ryan Jordan Pfarr, Monica Pascatore, Christina LoConte, Anthony Vischansky, Adam Louie and Ryan Pietrowski.