Architectural Design

Project Description

In a contemporary coastal city, the ground and buildings need to be active performers in the negotiation between water and land. This project envisions the ground as a piece of infrastructure that protects against storm-surge and directs rainwater. Bridgeport’s coal-fired power plant is phased out and replaced by a new power plant embedded in a public park built with “spoils” dredged from the softened east bank of the Pequonnock River. The “headland” created by this dramatic new topography amps up Bridgeport’s underlying structure as a peninsula landscape. Private investment in the power plant is leveraged to enable a new hardened edge on the Pequonnock’s west bank. The swapping of rail and highway creates a previously overlooked site for new residential development, protected by the remnants of the rail line reborn as a recreational greenway. The result is a reorientation of downtown Bridgeport to its third waterfront, the Pequonnock River.