Humankind’s relationship with water began before our inception. Our very existence and evolution depended on it, as all life on our blue planet does. However, over time and perhaps more notably since the dawn of the industrial revolution, this relationship has shifted—changed. Riverfronts became dominated by railroads and industry severing access to the water in our urban environments. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania the neighborhood of Manchester experienced further separation when the neighborhood was divided in two by a raised, walled highway and the industrial riverfront was renamed Chateau. Both neighborhoods have suffered from blight and vacancy subsequently. Using historic and GIS maps, sustainable design standards as well as scientific evidence of the effects of water on our health, well-being, creativity and happiness; this thesis seeks to examine why this connection to the Ohio River is vital to both residents and the city of Pittsburgh. And finally how we can redesign the industrial waterfront to reconnect both Chateau and Manchester with the river and serve as a model for sustainable redevelopment of these important cultural places.
|Commitee:||Dulaney Jr., Ron, Jiang, Shan, Orr, Elisabeth|
|School:||West Virginia University|
|Department:||Argriculture, Natural Resources, & Design|
|School Location:||United States -- West Virginia|
|Source:||MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Ohio River, Pittsburgh, Sustainability, Urban design|
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