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This film is made by Rochester Gas and Electric in 1963 and sheds a very positive and optimistic light on Rochester.  It is separated into three parts, so here they are:



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Below is the PDF presentation I used for my mid-review.  It went well and was very helpful for me.  Next steps include investigating larger infrastructural systems and potential impacts to vacancy rates in Rochester [about 10%], making and testing a proposition for the city and a few other key goals.  There will be a lot to consider and much to investigate/explore, but that’s the fun part!

The full PDF can be downloaded here:  MIDREVIEW-presentation-sm72

Rochester’s layers of infrastructural networks illustrate a complex history.  As I dissect the layers both in time and by system, I hope to reveal an underlying structure significant to Rochester’s current and future development.

1892 Diagram-Genesee River from Jie Huang on Vimeo.

1892 Diagram-Genesee River from Jie Huang on Vimeo.

1892 Diagram-Genesee River from Jie Huang on Vimeo.

These Grasshopper animations begin with tracing the 1892 paths of the river, canal and railroad.  Each system is then  divided into equal segments with a voronoi diagram attached to each division point.  As the number of divisions increase, the amount of system’s influence also became more clear.  The next step is to merge the 3 networks and study their interactivity.

Rochester has a rich history of transport networks that are literally layered on top of each other.  The following images illustrates snapshots of this evolution.
Erie Canal
Subway rail tracks over aquaduct [Broad Street]
Cars over the aquaduct [Broad Street]
In addition, there was also an extensive trolley system within the city before the introduction of the subway.
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images from http://www.broadstreetcorridor.com/gallery.html and http://www.shorpy.com/search/node/rochester