Located in upstate New York, Rochester is a city with a glorious history and rich culture. However, due to the changes in its internal and external environment, the city has slowly lost its vitality in the past few decades. Apart from the occasional holiday celebration and protest parade, it is difficult to find a bustling scene in downtown Rochester. This study proposes to create a reasonable possibility of revitalizing Rochester by designing a landmark architecture for the city. After field investigation and comparison, the abandoned subway bridge in the center of the city has become the main potential location for this reconstruction design due to its unique history and superior geographical location. This design aims to create a unique signature urban space that will help to increase the city's urban vitality.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Urban renewal--New York (State)--Rochester; Central business districts--New York (State)--Rochester--Planning; Bridges--Remodeling for other use--New York (State)--Rochester

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Degree Name

Architecture (M.Arch.)

Department, Program, or Center

Architecture (GIS)


Alissa DeWit-Paul

Advisor/Committee Member

Dennis A. Andrejko


RIT – Main Campus

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