Reanimating the Machine

  • Holyoke’s location beside the Connecticut River and within Massachusetts’ “Knowledge Corridor.” Relevant contextual assets include the nearby Springfield MRF, 12 local universities, and an extensive rail network to be refurbished for 2014’s planned Amtrak service.
  • Holyoke’s manufacturing model as it relates to past, current, and potential industrial symbiosis. Before the collapse of the textile industry, it and the paper industry operated together in a sort of crude, environmentally-destructive symbiosis.
  • Analytical perspective highlighting the sealed status of many of Holyoke's sluices. Created in Photoshop based on an actual site photo.
  • Active and inactive industrial sites, abandoned land and buildings, and local e-waste recycling and biofuel assets create a fertile ground for seeding with expanded industrial functions. Strategic relocations of important facilities promote efficient/sustainable transportation and stimulate symbiosis.
  • A new connective system links Holyoke’s paper-converting and e-waste recycling industries with the Springfield MRF and West Springfield CSX while the biogas facility forms a node among it, the waste treatment facility, and freeway on/off ramps.
  • Repairing and reactivating sealed raceways taps into Holyoke’s potential for greater clean energy production. Opportunities for university research and informative public recreation are created in the midst of canal infrastructure, a city-planned innovation district, and public transportation.
     
  • Strategic locations within central Holyoke are rezoned to create a better living environment for its inhabitants and to allow the connective system the flexibility to accommodate future industrial growth.
  • Plan created in Photoshop based on AutoCAD line work. 1" = 128' scale.
  • Hand-cut model illustrating the topographic realities of layering the reactivated canal and rail infrastructure with new pedestrian/cycling circulation.
  • Long section cut through rail lines, created in Photoshop based on hand-drafted line work. 1" = 128' scale.
  • Section cut through rock-climbing earth mound, basin, and rail lines, created in Photoshop based on hand-drafted line work. 1" = 16' scale.
  • Perspective illustrating overlap of industrial transportation infrastructure with recreational activity. Created in Photoshop based on a partial model made in SketchUp as well as some line work drawn by hand that were both overlaid atop an actual site photo.
  • Perspective illustrating overlap of industrial hydro-electric activity and recreational activity. Created in Photoshop based on a partial model made in SketchUp as well as some line work drawn by hand that were both overlaid atop an actual site photo.
  • Perspective illustrating adaptive reuse of old industrial infrastructure for recreational activity. Created in Photoshop based on a partial model made in SketchUp as well as some line work drawn by hand that were both overlaid atop an actual site photo.