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i Table of Contents Chapter 1 The Waterfront Developments Thesis 1 Timeline 4 Chapter 2 San Antonio River Walk Central Park 13 Taizhou City 23 The Challenges 24
ii Chapter 6 Hillsborough River Ecosystem Threatened and Endangered Plant and Animal Species 31 Site Analysis (macro) 35 History 35 Site Selection 49 Site Analysis (micro) 49 Chapter 9 Programming Programming 54 Commercial and Retail 55 Residential and Hotel 56
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The Tampa River Walk project is one of great impor This Riverfront development will be even more important stretch and pull together downtown Tampa and its surround pansion design approach for the Tampa River Walk as a mas ter plan and then zooming into to an area to design in detail of areas that were not dealt with in the proposal by EDAW: the The main focus of this project will be to create an Knitting of Nature into an Urban Fabric A Riverfront Development Thant Myat Abstract
iconic design that gives the Tampas riverfront a character and ting nature into the urban fabric and using the River Walk as stretching and pulling of public zones vertically and horizon Two resarch methods that will play important roles research timeline will concentrate on mainly the history of de and others will inform various strategies taken in different geographical locations and impacts theyve had on the growth sult of this project will hopefully serve as a stepping stone for a new way of revitalizing Tampas downtown and surrounding
1 Chapter 1 been slowly growing and reshaping over the last century with hoods and districts have taken full advantage of the waterfront order for Tampa to continue growing progressively and even importance for revitalization of the waterfront and the City of Thesis
2 with in inability to see the rivers full potential and to take a project will analyze and emphasize on the areas that were not dealt with in the proposal by EDAW: the west side of Hills The basic important subjects as in study of areas across the Riverwalk Master Plan The Tampa Riverwalk
3 the river walk perpendicularly from the river into the down This will give opportunities to bring pedestrians and visitors in from the downtown business district area and from the uni as a natural seam thats pulling energy and activities from The investigation of this thesis will involve various focus of this project will be the connections of the River Walk into the urban fabric and using the River Walk as a natural that stretch out from the of public zones to create connectivity and identity with the These are the kind of questions that will be answered during a foundation during the research and design of this project: cal or visual connections that provide awareness of the river ing to everyday users residents near the area and also to the
4 Active During Day Time and Night Time: should have dif ferent programs that are open at various times and some even Two research methods that will play important roles research timeline will concentrate on mainly the history of de others will inform various strategies taken in different geo graphical locations and impacts theyve had on the growth of vide useful background information of the important events Tampa Timeline
6 The Mariners Museum tory Wikimedia Commons Plant Wikipedia
Two main case studies for this thesis will be the San These two locations were chosen because of their great success to attract attention and people while maintaining ing visitors along the River Walk through connections from one attraction place to another are some of many strategies the Hillsborough River is the natural edge of Tampas Down Wikipedia Wikipedia
Chapter 2 has been used as a main place of attraction for the City of San made it possible for later commercial development along the The San Antonio River Walk
9 The San Antonio River Walk
Department is the agency that was responsible for maintain and increased the rivers natural beauty through progressive of the river walk was a set of guidelines for the development a guideline that encourages new developments to engage the joined forces with the Chamber of Commerce Tourist Attractions Committee to commission a Paseo del Rio Master Plan from the San Antonio Chapter of the set at the River Walk in San Antonio (March
11 restaurants have been developed to accommodate the river Eight hotels and a major shopping center have been built and the following order: nio Travel
12 become one of the most successful attractions in the City of place for both tourists and locals to enjoy the natural beauty tography and Photos of the San Antonio River Walk SanAntonioRiv San Antonio River
13 Chapter 3 Central Park located in the borough of Manhattan in New of the necessity of a great public park in the growing Wikipedia
14 were able to maintain the rustic scene by concealing the endure many obstacles as in the invention of automobiles and Apartments
15 creating an idyllic landscape was combined with Moses vi sion of a park to be used for recreational purposesnineteen events became important milestones of the social history of
16 the Park began under the leadership of the Central Park Con sor was held responsible for maintaining restored resulted in attrition of the Parks Department staff (Central Park) Citys history and also it is a place for people to enjoy vari TNC netbloggers
Chapter 4 diagram was their attempt to provide the building with a par the program as a series of adjacent spaces with more or less and surfaces gave us a basic metric of the main return diagram had an associated size in square provided the length of every surface between
ergonomic determinations in the formal determination set so that it would produce inhabitable spaces of at
19 Sequence of View Relating to the Circulation Diagram
Making the Form Structural Using columns was not consistent with the goal to produce space and organization purely out of the circulatory Making Continuous Space A continuous and homogeneous space has been tra As the cruise terminal functions have a very seasonal strategy and the deployment of program as furniture is that they would allow for a constant adjustment of the building to
21 Study of the Sections
22 The roof landscape is designed from looking at a cal endar with the main urban events to take place in the course beans and tried to locate them in ideal conditions within the shifting domains that dictated the preliminary location of roof tion and quantity depended simultaneously on several pro
23 Chapter 5 of preserving nature while renovating the rivers edge for rivers edge embanked with concrete all along the site as a The major goal Turenscape has set for this project was to provide a concept that allows accessibility for both tourists
24 The Challenges There were quit a few challenges that the design team convince the local authorities to stop channelizing the river with concrete embankments and instead taking the opposite embankments were ecologically destructive to the natural environment of the river and also inconsistent of the culture lenge was to make sure that the scheme works as a strategy solution not just for the immediate site but for the whole river mentally friendly to the natural surroundings and also useable With these challenges in mind the team had come up
25 tively altering rivers natural process during that time of the
ture and history of the native land and the ways of the native ing a riverfront park which is reacting to a developing area park are connected to the city grid in order to ground the project to the
Chapter 6 Hillsborough Rivers Ecosystem ing over the past decades and future rapid developments are this rapid growth and development is the precipitous loss of There are now great opportunities and responsibilities that Hypothesis: Preservation of natural ecosystem of the Hillsborough River should be a vital part of the developments it will also greatly enhance its identity which a lot of places Conclusion: A natural element such as the Hillsbor ough River should never be seen a hindrance to a growing between nature and man should be achieve with every devel
29 community and natural systems together with its physical en physical factors of the environment (Hillsborough River and ough River it is vital to keep in mind of the importance of the development is the precipitous loss of habitat for wildlife and Habitat acreage has been reduced and the cover to support the original number of animals and Although most of the lower Hillsborough River is somehow developed or altered there are still areas that can be preserved
Upland Communities of Hillsborough River The three most prevalent natural upland communi not as abundant but still play important roles the diversity of to insure the maintenance of diversity of species in the river The unique natural shoreline it part of the natural iden Natural shoreline vegetation is important in main
31 Shoreline vegetation provides natural protection to the bank as roots and stems trap sand and soil vegetation can serve as a stormwater treatment and Shoreline vegetation however can be very sensitivity is important to the protection of the riverine environments wildlife (Feet of Shoreline Altered With Hardened Shoreline Most of the developments have been taken place at linear feet of the upper reach is a natural shoreline while up shoreline had been altered primarily through the construction Threatened and Endangered Plant and Animal Species There are a number of threatened and endangered plant and animal species that are found in the Hillsborough Recognizing that the Hillsborough River watershed harbors
32 particular attention be directed towards those regional spe cies listed as threatened or endangered because they provide an important natural resource for the region and state (Habitat species that are considered threatened and birds have the most
33 Virtual Tourist
35 Site Analysis (macro) been slowly growing and reshaping over the last century with hoods and districts have taken full advantage of the waterfront order for Tampa to continue growing progressively and even History to the water and that was substantially depleted with the move
36 previously enjoyed on the riverfront became dramatically less increasingly empty waterfront became some what of a bleak useful background information of the important events and Historical Timeline
Study Area and Analysis has to be sure that all aspects of Tampa is studied and a large enough area of study is covered in order to respond to every will be strongly rooted to the site and will have a great posi thesis project will include the Hillsborough River from the are two highways that connecting downtown to other areas: The major roads that run east to west through the site which makes it a bit uncomfortable for pedestrians as cars
There are many fragmented open green spaces and park areas it is true that Tampa has numerous open lots that potentially can become parks it is necessary to understand where to in study also provides information on where it is appropriate to spaces will become vital threads of the urban fabric as grows
41 Another important aspect of the site analysis is to see that there is a lack of attraction places in between be successful there must be an intricate tie between the places of interest that provides a smooth transition from one area to gives information on which major arteries are ought to be kept
42 great opportunity to emphasize the connection for the river
43 helps study the density of the city and it areas of major de
49 Site Selection investigated and to arrive with a waterfront development pro all the ingredients needed to be a successful area yet lacks a area in general has a lot of potential in growth and new devel Site Analysis (micro)
Surroundings The Marriott Hotel to the west has used the river very wisely with a riverfront porch area that runs along the river and also has boat slips that allows their guests to dock right for the guests on the boats which makes the river walk be area behind the Marriott Hotel is one of the most active and that it has little or no connection with its surrounding areas
51 Views and Access tremely important as the project is focused on using the loca Access to the site can be separated into three categories:
54 Chapter 9 Programming At a site location where every inch of the land is valu sue that was of great important in programming was the issue enough openness to allow visual or physical connections with One of main goals in this project was to design a place Residential buildings and hotels are programs that not only high density residential to the edge of the water is one thing to do with downtown Tampa using the river as the back alley
55 Commercial and Retail service garages that accommodate the retail shops and restau the site is also a service for the residents in residential build
56 Residential and Hotel The upper level consists of two residential buildings
Design The major goal for the design is to create an iconic place that retail and commercial programs on the ground level with not only bring people on to the site but also keep it activated
Concept From the beginning of this thesis the concept has been knit a mind a new way of using the roof of the base was discov
Process The design of the development started out with a master plan for the entire area stretching from the Marriott plaza will be able to function for many different activities and lation path and also serves as a physical connection to the pedestrian bridge will align with Morgan Street and connects new development because it creates a connection through the the green ribbon layer with open green spaces residents and
62 should have views to the water and the downtown skyline to method created adjacent green spaces either to the north of project the green spaces were becoming more the mostly horizontal development that stretches from the the mid point of the development is created to create an entry
Chapter 11 Resolution At this stage of the project building heights and programs hotel base itself had to be an element that houses all amenity the hotel base was its connection to the green ribbon on the hotel base at the southwest end becomes a pool deck for the living work and play
entrance located at the corner where the retail strip and the This became a space for the residents to enjoy the outdoors
is where a part of the green folds up on either side creating a also pulled in on the ground area at this point to emphasize
Conclusion The end result of this thesis shows a combination of master planning and design solution that could be used along the shows how important it is to use the Hillsborough River to few years will have great impact in revitalization and success that drives the revitalization to a more consistent and swift The result of this project will hopefully serve as a stepping stone for a new way of revitalizing Tampas downtown and surrounding areas through knitting of nature into the urban
Works Cited Ecological Design Handbook: Sustainable Floor Plan Atlas Housing The River Walk History Front The Planning and Design Strategies for Sustainable Urban Design: An Envi Sustainable Architecture: European
Sustainable Cites in the 21st Central Park Public Places Urban Spaces The Dimensions of Urban The The New Waterfront A World wide Urban Success Story The Tampa Waterfront Development Urban Waterfront Development
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Knitting of nature into an urban fabric :
b a riverfront development
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by Thant Myat.
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University of South Florida,
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ABSTRACT: The Tampa River Walk project is one of great importance for revitalization of the waterfront of downtown Tampa. This Riverfront development will be even more important when it becomes a vital example of how a riverfront can stretch and pull together downtown Tampa and its surrounding areas: Hyde Park, Harbour Island, and Historic Ybor. The purpose of this master's project is to explore an ecological ex pansion design approach for the Tampa River Walk as a master plan and then zooming into to an area to design in detail of what the riverfront can be. It will start by concentrating on the areas that were not dealt with in the proposal by EDAW: the west side of Hillsborough River, and areas that are immediately adjacent. Furthermore, it will investigate future expansion of the River Walk as downtown Tampa potentially expands and connects out to the suburbs in thirty to forty years.The main focus of this project will be to create an iconic design that gives the Tampa's riverfront a character and identity. This unique characteristic will be created by knitting nature into the urban fabric and using the River Walk as a natural seam. The connection throughout the riverfront will be made by a natural green strip. It will explore the idea of stretching and pulling of public zones vertically and horizontally to create connectivity and identity with the River Walk. Two resarch methods that will play important roles in this investigation are Design and History Research, and Case Study and Multi-method Approaches to Research. The research timeline will concentrate on mainly the history of development and use of Tampa's riverfront starting from 1600's when Tampa Bay was discovered by Spanish explorers, through the River Walk development proposed today.Also, case studies of Chicago Water Front, San Antonio River Walk, and others will inform various strategies taken in different geographical locations and impacts they've had on the growth of the cities. This project will provide an expansion design approach that is not only a concern for the present time, but also looking ahead at what it might provide for the future. The result of this project will hopefully serve as a stepping stone for a new way of revitalizing Tampa's downtown and surrounding areas through knitting of nature into an urban fabric.
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