The study for the extensions of the existing Allegheny Riverfront Park explores the possibility of transforming several river edge sites in downtown Pittsburgh from industrial leftovers into a system of parks. The idea for a riverside park at the convergence of the Monongahela and the Allegheny Rivers originated in a master plan proposed by Frederick L. Olmsted Jr. in 1911, but the sites for this potential public amenity were ultimately developed as corridors for highway and civil engineering infrastructure. The proposal outlines a planning and analysis approach that seeks to strategically transform contemporary complications into urban assets. The eventual result will be a park system that demonstrates multiple solutions to a variety of circumstances rather than a single plan that attempts to unify circumstances to meet an imposed design ideal.
This philosophy offers a new model for urban planning, predicated not on the reconfiguration of existing infrastructure to accommodate new program, but rather an inventive take on the program to be fit within existing infrastructural constraints.
Allegheny Riverfront Park Extensions received a 2002 ASLA Analysis and Planning Merit Award