Intimate
Infrastructure

Architecture / Visualization

Year:

2018

Software:

Rhino
Twinmotion

Partner:

Josie Tunnel

Description

Knoxville, Tennessee has a history of establishing infrastructure that displaces communities and rips apart the city, as seen in both the railroad and interstate systems. The pre-existing Gay Street Viaduct was chosen to commentate on how architecture can knit the downtown community together again. We dedicated the bridge to pedestrians and cyclists, as vehicular traffic discouraged public use of the space. Vegetation creeps its way across surfaces to reclaim this concrete landscape. The steel grid shell and curved piped column structure juxtapose the current structural qualities of the Gay Street Bridge, while metal mesh ramps hang from the steel stringers of the old bridge to respect and enhance the pedestrian experience. This Food Hub is occupied by a restaurant to draw the community across the bridge, a market to encourage local food sales, and a community space for urban farming. Various scales of the food system are addressed here; regional food is brought in to sell to local restaurants and markets, local communities come together at the street corner, and individuals can experience growing their food firsthand. An intimate infrastructure is created through the insertion of organic forms reconnecting two sides of the city, promoting the consumption of food from local producers, and providing park space within the city center.