What I initially was looking for in choosing my site was a place that could incorporate both an open landscape condition and a more dense urban condition. However, the contrast shouldn’t be so strong, i.e. not Central Park in New York.
The site I chose is the Big Dig Parcel # 2, towards the North Station end of the Rose Kennedy Greenway. I saw potential in this site because of its strong connection to a landscape idea that is the greenway, as well as strong urban connections. It is directly connected to infrastructure being adjacent to both North Station and Haymarket. It also gives me the opportunity to link together two neighborhoods that were once torn apart by the central artery, Bulfinch Triangle and the North End. The site size is roughly 52,000s.f, and would be an opportune space to all of the program conditions stated above.Figure Ground
The approach I decided to take as far as starting to develop some in-depth analysis of the site, I wanted to look at its evolution since it was apart of the first few landfills in Boston. I gather historical maps, aerials and photographs to get a better understanding of the site.
2003 - Artery still up and in use, construction on the "Big Dig" will put it undergroundToday - Now with the highway underground, the artery still exists as a greenway, dividing Government Center and Bulfinch Triangle from the North End.