Genesee River, Exchange Street, Rochester, fitness center, day care, Central Business District, highway
"The American city is an agglomeration of definitive districts of program and groups of residents, and it is these bounded urban groupings that allow the city to maintain its diversity districts, allowing them to maintain individual identities, and specifically placed thresholds become spaces where the boundaries are broken and two districts momentarily come together. Often times these thresholds are defined by spatial voids within the urban fabric, and through the use of engaging architecture the threshold can become a place of social exchange and mutual cognizance.
The site is a lot that runs parallel to Genesee River and Exchange Street in Rochester, NY, and it spans under a raised highway. The highway divides the Central Business District from residential, and Exchange Street is a main thoroughfare through the city, making the site an underdeveloped threshold. To activate the site with local residents and commuters, and with people of various demographics, the program is a fitness center and day care."
Czerw, Kathleen C., "Boundaries and Thresholds" (2005). Senior Theses. Paper 67.