Rediscovering Nature - Daylighting an Urban Stream (Gwynns Run, Baltimore, MD)
Fitzsimmons, Matthew James
DuPuy, Karl F.G.
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This thesis explores through urban design and architecture the relationship between nature and the city. The goals of this thesis are to restore (daylighting) a buried urban stream, the Gwynns Run; reduce the impact of runoff; and create an Urban Ecological Center that fosters environmental stewardship and organizational collaboration. The Gwynns Run area of study is located in a deteriorating industrial and residential region of southwest Baltimore. The stream flows underground, below underutilized industrial buildings and a strip commercial retail center. Daylighting the stream will serve as a focus for urban renewal for adjacent neighborhoods. The proposed ecological center will serve as a cornerstone in the urban design strategy of restoring the Gwynns Run. The center's program will exhibit and advocate for stewardship for the reclaimed watershed. The facilities will support the needs of the community, non-profit organizations and the Baltimore Ecosystem Studies (BES).