Ocean State Interurban Transit

May 2010

11_Now Leaving OSIT, Downtown Station

May 22, 2010 7:06 AM
Jackson Blake

Thank you for using OSIT! We are now leaving Downtown Station; next stop is Providence Place along the Providence (Red) Line. We hope you enjoy your trip today which has been provided by clean energy, part of on-going efforts to increase resilience and beauty in our city and state.



May 22, 2010 6:51 AM
Jackson Blake

At Left are the urban design points established for judging project’s resilience. To the right are ten main points propagated by the scheme. In between are matrixes of how each point meets the established criteria. In summary, the project acts as a monetary generator, turning derelict land into a viable solution, freeing people from overland transit by offering them an option readily available throughout the entire state and beyond. This aids each city’s self sufficiency through cleaner energy and safer roads. The populace benefits by cheaper fares for a more enjoyable journey, comparable in time to vehicular transit.


9_An Urban Destination

May 22, 2010 6:47 AM
Jackson Blake

This view is from the existing park which would connect directly with our site. It demonstrates how each station is equally urban destination as point of departure. It also shows another contextual view and how it could link with the rejuvenated entertainment district and the pedestrian bridge beyond.


8_Aerial Views

May 22, 2010 6:39 AM
Jackson Blake

Aerial views showcase the roof composition (top) and a view from across the river (bottom). The green infrastructure and signage becomes the major expressive elements of each station. Each station in plan acts as a large indoor public space, well connected to outdoor space and paths, highlighted above in light blue. The central space serves as a way to further natural ventilation and provide daylight deep within the plan. The mass grows northward, while overhangs shield the structure on all sides.


7_Context Vignette

May 22, 2010 6:30 AM
Jackson Blake

A view from the southern pedestrian bridge shows Downtown Station, with the skyline behind, sitting snuggly on the harbor. The top view shows the different elements of the prototype and how they relate to the urbanistic and sustainable goals of the project. Most noteworthy are the green infrastructural elements, the relationship to the context and the massing which offers views to the bay and skyline and maximum daylighting. The windmills as lighthouses are unified by the roof which becomes more space for revenue generation and a place for signage.


6_Carbon Neutrality Goal

May 22, 2010 6:20 AM
Jackson Blake

This diagram represents the ambition for urban resilience in the prototype as pieces of green infrastructure. The definitive skyline enhancement of the windmills and solar-paneled roof utilize the ideal climate of Rhode Island for these technologies to generate more power than each building uses, reinforced by the daylighting design, massing, etc. Green energy is harnessed, fueling first the building, then fuel cells in the boats, and finally, excess is sold back to the municipal grid. They actually generate money which pays for the coast over time, resulting in donation-based fares instead of set fees. Fuel cells are freely exchanged between stations; when one empties, there awaits another charged.


5_Prototypical Plan

May 22, 2010 6:09 AM
Jackson Blake

The plan demonstrates the aims of the station as an urban node, reconnecting citizens to the bay. Upon entry, views open beyond ticketing to the dock where four, seventy-five passenger boats work to keep 600 persons per hour off the roads! Each station is supplemented by retail, meeting space and large, comfortable seating areas to await boats, all looking directly onto parks and water. The existing park (top-left) connects to a new park, continuing a new footpath to a pedestrian bridge. Also, a kayak chute helps to turn the hub into an outdoor recreational amenity, furthering the bay connection.


4_Case Study: Downtown Station

May 22, 2010 5:48 AM
Jackson Blake

The main “Downtown Station”, was selected as a case study to demonstrate the prototype’s aims. It links the main east/west and north/south lines and would be the busiest network hub. The map (top) shows its relation to downtown- linked by bus, parks, and footpaths to key locations. The site (bottom) lies directly on the harbor on an abandoned reclamation. South of the site has been rejuvenated into an entertainment district. Positioning the station here grants excellent access, also by pedestrian bridge to the south, promoting growth within its vicinity, establishing stronger connections between entities.


3_Providence, RI Urban Situation

May 22, 2010 5:37 AM
Jackson Blake

The maps above demonstrate the potential to link different urban centers and neighborhoods along existing, un-used waterways. The maps show green space (top) and derelict areas (bottom) which could be the place for new stations, supplementing existing vehicular infrastructure. Newly proposed stations are shown in reality from the abstract OSIT map and would serve as a catalyst for urban rejuvenation in each respective area. Station designs would be prototypical, yet, iconic elements of each neighborhood designed to the highest sustainable standards. Each would act as a living piece of urban, green infrastructure.


2_OSIT Map

May 22, 2010 5:32 AM
Jackson Blake

This proposal is for an inter-urban transit system where Narragansett Bay is the main artery linking all shored municipalities. Abandoned waterways and urban brownfields, typical throughout the state, give ample space for new stations directly connected to each. Water-taxis are affordable, viable, energy efficient, create jobs, and are an exciting, relaxing commute alternative. They could also double as search and rescue refuges during inclement weather, seeing how these municipalities are generally in low-lying areas.

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Ocean State Inter-Urban Transit

Providence and Rhode Island’s main feature is Narragansett Bay, which could serve as an infrastructural linkage between currently severed municipalities. It affronts several picturesque towns, passing through their key points of interest. Why is not this blessing recognized and used as a linkage, rooted in the state’s industrial history and maritime geography? This proposal looks to legitimize maritime connectivity, using a case study of an inter-urban transit network as a catalyst for urban regeneration, sustainable design and infrastructure, and a general attitude shift back towards a symbiosis with the bay, the state’s most sublime geographic element and missed opportunity.



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