Site Plan

City Node

Peninsula Node

East Park Node

Program Brief: Bridgeport
Date: Spring 2016
Team Member: Daniel Marty
Instructor: Rosalyne Shieh

This design sought to address the division created in
Bridgeport by the interstate. A park system was created to link the three peninsulas in the across the water in the east-west direction and across the highway barrier in the north-south direction. Each peninsula has a node, a piece of architecture, that becomes the focus point of the connection. These architectures address the industrial history of the city. Their place in the landscape celebrates their functional formal moves. They consolidate the transportation infrastructures at all scales and speeds to enable and enhance connections between them. The three parks each address their relationship to the water as well as the urban condition of the peninsula they occupy. The city park has a linear form along the water’s edge. It occupies the former elevated train infrastructure. It connects through the city node, allowing access to the train, ferry, tram, and the highway. The middle peninsula park occupies all of the area south of the highway. It builds up along the water’s edge, creating a long linear park path. To enable this build up, the center of the site is excavated, creating a new artificial pond to be used for recreational activities but with the capacity to accept overflow in a storm event. The central node is a hub of park services and allows connection to the tram line. The park on the eastern peninsula is a slightly raised collection of small activity areas, The park connects two residential zones so it holds appropriately scaled programs in frames that offer a visual connection to the water. The node on this peninsula is the main connection of this park system to highway. It connects to the adjacent interchanges and houses parking and the tram line. Each of the three nodes are articulated as deconstructed boxes. They mark a specific point of connection with the box but they are pierced by the many infrastructure systems that they contain.