Here's a better look into "Incentive Network" by McLain Clutter from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Clutter's proposal was a finalist in the Open Competition for the recently concluded Dallas Connected City Design Challenge.
For Downtown Dallas' future development, Professional and Open category participants around the globe contributed their ideas on how to better connect the city to the Trinity River.
Check out the details of Incentive Network below.
"Incentive Network aspires to channel private investment to sites that are critical in providing access for pedestrians and bikes across the wide bands of infrastructure currently severing downtown Dallas from the waterfront."
"The scheme begins by identifying areas where the divisive highways and railways rest on the ground. These zones comprise the best opportunities to bridge across the infrastructure. Areas within these zones are then parceled for development, at allowable floor area ratios (FAR’s) radically in excess of those stipulated by the zoning currently governing the waterfront."
"In exchange for building to these increased FAR’s, developers must provide public access and amenity at the elevated bridge level. Thus, this scheme incentivizes the development of a constellation of towers providing bridges across the highways and railways. These public platforms then connect to a bike and pedestrian network that utilizes otherwise worthless space under highways and overpasses."
"Between this network, all developable land that is currently underdeveloped or empty is identified and parceled within an extension of the downtown Dallas city grid to be developed over time, and a new major surface road is introduced – east of the waterfront, in order to maintain public access to the river."
"A new light rail loop is also introduced, looping through the site with stops at several of the new towers. Thus, the constellation of towers becomes a collection of localized sub-centers."
"They are iconic elements that define the space between though their dialogue with one-another, while providing public amenity and infrastructural connections."
Images courtesy of McLain Clutter.
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