This project works to strengthen the cultural connection to our urban watersheds by considering how the flow of water interacts with other city-scale circulations. By carefully analyzing the relationships between the city of Richmond's watersheds and its public transit, my partner and I were able to use the bus system as a scaffolding for the development of dynamic public spaces. Riffing off the logic of transit-oriented development, we illuminated the rich interplay of two often neglected spaces—the bus stop and the gutter—to create a typology of possible interventions with entangled social and hydrological functionality. By centering local community development at the intersection of these two city-wide networks, we are able to draw city investment toward otherwise overlooked sites.
Partner: Katie Kelly