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"There is a trend toward taking legacy
infrastructure such as highways that
divide poor areas and rich areas, and
trying to bridge that gap."
-Jason Long '96

say, 'Isn't this exciting, this is what physics is all
about,'" Yowell says.
Yowell's work, incidentally, has also taken her
back to Vassar to renovate several buildings on
campus. In the late 1990s, she renovated the Goodfellowship Club, an Arts and Crafts-style bungalow
(completed in 1908) that originally served as a
social and educational space for Vassar's housekeeping staff. The renovation revealed hidden
historic details while at the same time reorganizing
the space to make it more inviting. The building
now serves as home base for Vassar's Office of
Admissions.
It's not just buildings that architects are
recovering and making new. As evidenced by the
successful renovation of New York's High Line-a
dilapidated railroad spur turned into an elevated
park and arcade-many cities are also reclaiming
aging elements of urban infrastructure to create
new spaces for community connection. Jason
Long '96 has worked to transform one of the 11th
Street Bridges in Washington, DC, into a park and
recreation center-which has the added benefit of
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connecting two disparate parts of the city. "There
is a trend toward taking legacy infrastructure
such as highways that divide poor areas and rich
areas, and trying to bridge that gap," Long says.
There used to be a footbridge that crossed the
Anacostia River, connecting the historically African
American community on the east side with the
more affluent white neighborhood on the west
side-Frederick Douglass used it to cross the river
every day on the way to work. When it was turned
into a highway, however, it cut off the connection
between the neighborhoods.
As a partner with OMA, the architecture firm
founded by Pritzker Prize winner Rem Koolhaas,
Long is helping to turn the old highway bridge into
a new elevated park and civic space, which will
include kayak launches, sports facilities, and an
environmental education center. The park will
consist of two platforms that meet in the middle
at an X, where a plaza will host entertainment
events. "We hope to draw people from both sides
of the river who wouldn't ordinarily encounter
each other," he says.

Above: Jason Long '96 is
helping unite disparate parts
of the city via the old 11th
Street Bridge in DC. The
highway is being reclaimed
for a new elevated park and
entertainment pavilion.
Right: Ben Prosky '99 of the
AIANY says Carmel Place
in Manhattan illustrates
a trend toward modular
micro-housing catering to
hip, young professionals.



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