Advancing Transformational Infrastructure Projects Across Political Boundaries in the Northeast

The South Ward is the working site for the Port of Newark, the Newark Liberty International Airport, and the intercity and commuter rail station that serves the airport. It is also home to an historic Olmsted Brothers park surrounded by contiguous older neighborhoods, including Dayton and Weequahic, where many individuals and households are struggling. For decades, residents here have had lower household incomes and higher unemployment rates than those in most other North Jersey communities. The remaining area of the South Ward, located between the transportation infrastructure and the neighborhoods, consists of extensive industrial sites, many vacant or underutilized. The opportunity for change, for a more equitable and more resilient future for Newark’s South Ward, is at the doorstep, as this report will describe. The fundamental inquiry of this design studio is the essential role of the public realm. The importance of this inquiry is now heightened as we find ourselves on the precipice of change in the way we view cities, jobs, and lives. The pandemic is accelerating forces that were already underway within our economy. The serious impact of contagion and job loss is significantly raising the visibility of inequality and division within our society. The design challenge to the 13 talented graduate students whose work is presented here is not to create another master plan that will not be realized as drawn. Rather, it is to generate a new framework, a continuous “public realm” that will weave together the infrastructure, enterprises, and neighborhoods of the South Ward in a ribbon of connectivity between home and job. This ribbon can provide a range of experiences that enhance a sense of our commonality and our invaluable diversity. It will welcome visitors from near and far to Newark. It can become the territory of coming together to express ourselves, to lead our lives with the friction and joy of human interaction. It will be different than it was back in early 2020. The physical public realm will be even more important as the place to share our common responsibility to generate connections, reverse climate change, and catalyze a more inclusive and equitable economy.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Maps; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 92p

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  • Accession Number: 01766900
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CM2-34
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747135
  • Created Date: Mar 1 2021 2:20PM