- Director of Research
- Coordinator, MS in Urban Planning for Transition
Net-Zero Vine Street Tower
- Project By: Alvia Rios & James Sanchez
Net-Zero Vine Street Tower is an innovative and forward-thinking urban design proposal that envisions a safer and more sustainable Philadelphia in the year 2050. This proposal addresses the lack of greenspace and softscape in the area, which can cause a lack of outdoor activity and problems with stormwater runoff. To mitigate these issues, the proposal includes the development of an urban park that will promote residents' safety and health by reducing crime rates and increasing access to greenspace. Additionally, rain gardens and bioswales will be implemented in greenspaces to promote permeability in the city and reduce the amount of stormwater runoff.
Another problem with the Vine Street Expressway is that it is prone to vehicular accidents, making it necessary to create safer bike routes to improve mobility and reduce pedestrian accidents. This addition will enhance residents' safety and create a more sustainable transportation option. With the inclusion of pedestrian focused circulation paths, comes the implementation of the superblock concept. A superblock is a particular city block system that prohibits vehicular traffic. This type of block sets a clear hierarchy of streets and public spaces, with pedestrians being prioritized over vehicular traffic. A superblock may span multiple city blocks, or just one, depending on the case.
Furthermore, the proposal incorporates a mixture of residential and commercial spaces to achieve a sense of community on the site. This allows for the typical neighborhood to be reimagined and placed within a singular, vertical tower. This becomes a space that fits your every need, eliminating the need to venture far.
Finally, The use of sustainable materials, such as responsibly harvested wood, will be implemented to reduce the city's overall carbon footprint and promote sustainability in the built environment