The next step: Recreational trail interface
Master of Architecture
The Next Step re-choreographs the trail system, encouraging a multiplicity of experiences while treating the city as an exhibit. This project focuses on the network's deployment in Washington, D.C. This network, empowered by digital navigational devices and blogging/chatting capabilities, forces a new dialogue between the organizational systems of recreational spaces and cities. The recreational corridor and its context are defined by perceived gradients and contrasts - determined by sensory information [sound, smell, light, temperature]. The expanded palette encourages a more dynamic and responsive network. Intersections, or nodes, whose scale and permanence has a direct relationship to the sensory contrast associated with their paths [magnitude of choice] are designed using a catalogue of programmatic-sensory specific elements that relate to the context of the paths and the definition of the node. These elements, deployed, enhance and amplify the site of the node to create a matrix of sensory atmospheres.