Pier 29 / SCAD

Through the research of U.S. port cities, transitions in maritime industry, and coastal industrial areas within these port cities, there is a strong case showing the profound disconnect between industrial areas, the public, and the cities themselves. Industrial areas take up an incredible share of precious downtown real estate. Shifts in industries or a move overseas, however, means that these areas are often left with abandon. This has proven a somewhat frequent problem in this nation’s history. What remains can drain a city of resources in revitalization costs. A resolve may be close at hand, though, as we consider that manufacturing facilities have been growing at a rate that the U.S. has not been able to keep up with. This project proposed small scale manufacturing to be embedded within public spaces to allow for flexibility in changing industries and to keep a scenic sector of the city an active and engaging area for the public. Digital fabrication technology is allowing for a smoother transition from design to manufacture and is thus creating greater opportunities for these digital fabrication machines to create a multitude of products. This gives small scale manufacturing facilities a chance to produce goods closer to the clientele and would allow them to be more involved in the process. This project’s goal was to convey a concept of small-scale manufacturing, paired with engaging public spaces, in order to ensure an active waterfront area in the event of any future transitions the city or waterfront area may face. This project’s research showed that these industrial areas left with abandon were a noticeable problem in nearly all U.S. port cities. The concept fit quite seamlessly into San Francisco’s waterfront, but could be readily applied to many similar waterscapes in America today. http://issuu.com/samueltitone/docs/final_thesis_book

This perspective shows the intricacy and interactive qualities of all the spaces of this project and how they play off of each other. When the pop-out retail booths are out in the park area, the main pedestrian path along Pier 29 is interrupted and pedestrians move along a secondary path to shop and view the activity at the skate park. They can then see interactive roof activities that will take them to other scenic areas of the site. The project has many “secret little gems” that keep you exploring on the site and leave you wanting to come back to see what else it has to offer.
The north perspective shows the majority of the addition to pier 29. The elivated parallelogram mass houses the artist live/work lofts on the upper floor, while the middle floor is a group work space as well as an exhibition floor that opens up to the elivated park that is on the roof of the brewery bar/restaurant. This park area provides the best views on the site. The park also sloped down to a scenic waterfront path as well as interactive tide pools and ramps down to the water. The live/work lofts also extend over the water to cover a docking area for a medium sized shipping boat for goods and services.
This perspective shows the interaction between the public skatepark and the park space designated for the retail popout booths. The foreground shows the flowing snakerun that follows the perimeter of the skatepark with the main bowl in the center. To the left, you can see the public breezeway that cuts through the existing pier 29 and breaks up the metal and wood shop from the fab-lab to the right.
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