Productive Edge addresses the potential role of water and infrastructure in assigning identity and increasing economic value in a district that has come to be known as one of vacancy and desolateness-the Jewelry District in central Providence, Rhode Island. Other recognized actors in the project are the universities within close proximity to the Jewlery District: Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, and Johnston & Wales, as well as the surrounding health institutions and a large refugee population. Productive edge positions itself to be accessible and used by all the above-mentioned entities through the reintroduction of water into a landscape that is historically submerged but has been scarred by infill and highway development.
The establishment of water front property increases the value of land within the Jewelry District and affords a new means of transportation and coexistence with the abundant element in Rhode Island, the ocean state. Filtration marshes are strategically introduced into the project to mitigate pollution and flooding and offer habitat for the species of the area and recreational space for inhabitants and visitors.
We traveled on the little taxi pod
Through the mist
Delivered and dropped off
Every morning from one side of the city
Passing the occasional heron in the grasses
already at work
Taking broad leaps of fight from our approach
The ladies load their market pods with goods for brunch
Then we are released into the vastness of the wide canal
Still coated in the floating mist