This report investigates three regenerative design strategies to transform freeway corridors in the Twin Cities by enfolding the below-grade segments of freeways with a system of plinths or "inhabited bridges" allowing for construction of new public spaces and parks on top of the enfolded sections. The argument is that these functional design elements can transform the adverse outcomes of our urban freeways such as noise, air pollution and neighborhood fragmentation. The new linear spaces created could become parks or other public spaces that can be designed to address additional concerns in the urban environment. Among the wide spectrum of innovations possible, examples include adapting new smart and green water-harvesting systems, capturing wind and solar energy, and using materials that can capture and eliminate CO2 emissions.
Minnesota Design Center
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