Transfer speculates how defunct rail yards can become testbeds for new urban models in the post-industrial age. 

The project examines the railway and movement of the locomotive on an existing railyard, weaving and linking three neighborhoods together to create a series of hypothetical urban scenarios. 

Through analysis and notational drawings, these conceptual experiments produce an assemblage of distinct landscapes, building typologies, urban narratives. 

In this newfound condition, the project purges the contemporary city from its enclaves by means of material, programmatic, and circulatory transfer. It asks how latent traces can reformulate a city’s typology and social condition to create a more diverse urban alternative for Chicago. 

2012 Charles Goodwin Sands Memorial Silver Medal, Cornell University

First Place award for graduating thesis project 

Advisers: Lily Chi and Jim Williamson

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