We had an exciting kick-off meeting and design charrette in Schenectady New York on January 10th. The meeting was held at Re4orm Architecture in Schenectady and was organized by architect Kristin Diotte. The design team is very versatile and talented and we’re very excited to be a part of this upcoming project.
Operation Railbridge is an initiative to revive the nine railway underpasses that recur throughout downtown Schenectady, NY into dynamic public assets. Schenectady is located about 150 miles north of New York City, and has a long industrial history; housing companies such as General Electric and Schenectady Steel. These historic spaces are in various states of disrepair, and currently disconnect adjoining neighborhoods. This project was conceived to creatively address such conditions through an evolving streetscape, advocating walkability. This vision will connect the city’s industrial history to an innovative future through the integration of responsive art, design and technology in the public realm. As a collective, we are agents in reclaiming underutilized public space that will engage artisans, designers and community stakeholders to re-frame historical connections through creative economy.