pier park
Pier Park is a collaborative exploration of what a new neighborhood in Cincinnati, on the Ohio River, could look like with the implementation of methods that foster community and accessibility to its visitors and residents.

Starting with research of Mount Adams, we discovered a neighborhood with a rich history of immigration, entrepreneurship, and fun-seeking, as well as being known for the institutions nested within its share of Eden Park. True to its name, Mount Adams is located on a hill overlooking the Ohio River and part of the site for this project. It is precisely the institutions on the hill typology that led us to question our formal approach to the site as well as our intent for the residents. This line of thinking, in tandem with our research, helped us imagine what benefits and fosters diverse communities.

We initially looked at heterarchical organizations such as the informal settlements of the slums in Manila, Philippines. This led us to develop a pier system to connect blocks to buildings on an elevated plane. In addition, we looked at sculptural works like Maya Lin’s Wavefield as inspiration for our park spaces.
The “waves” in this piece mimic the mountains in the distant landscape—this influenced how we would treat the alignment of our different networks and architectural elements across the site. We also looked at the exterior space around the Brooklyn Museum entry, which highlights the scale diversity of gathering, which sparked our urban plane studies.

Spatial relationships and networks, particularly the parks, pathways and piers, bring opportunity and accessibility to those living and working along the mile-long stretch.

We focused on implementing park spaces on and around each block in an effort to decentralize community gathering and green spaces. This park approach is a nod to our research of Mount Adams where the park entries are more exclusive and, being on a hill, request a longer commute for accessibility. The pier system then allowed for new opportunities of passage throughout the site.

project partner: Elizabeth Enders