Bridgeport Fairgrounds

Project Description

This scheme proposes a combination of mixed use new structures, event urbanism, and water resilience as the basis of a culturally referential urban intervention in an underused neighborhood of the city – Cedar Creek. Cedar Creek is a forgotten zone that currently separates the Black Rock neighborhood from the South End. We’re proposing a solution for the land to be converted so that it can connect the neighborhoods while solving the flooding issues. Part of our proposal then is to let Cedar Creek breathe by allowing it to return to its natural state as well as using it to attract people, through a series of key event spaces along the creek, to the underused spaces surrounding the creek to attract people to the waterfront. The key event spaces include a hotel inspired by the Iranistan mansion, a circus berm, and a system of constructed wetlands. Storm water runoff ponds area unified along with the key event spaces under a dazzlingly colorful landscaping scheme, promising an optimistic new urban heart for the troubled city.