Linking the West End emerged from the desire to impregnate the impermeable and the sanitized streets and roof tops of an urban renewal district-the West End of Boston-with the permeable, the gregarious, and the healing. The system in the proposal spawns from existing park infrastructure and rolls through the cascading terraces of a proposed residential and commercial development. The park morphs into a bridge, linking the mixed use development with a terrace of a cancer treatment center, enabling patients and visitors to connect with the community and productive green space. The link finally spans over a highway and drops off at another existing park.
The diverse types of residential units in the housing project and the existing hospital district are treated as entities that must engage in active exchange through the acts of walking, relaxing, and gardening, thereby taking special care to make all connections ADA accessible and all landings and terraces places of recreation and generation.