Floating Gardens in Pittsburgh”

The project activates the Ohio River banks by connecting pedestrians, bikes, and boats to a new recreation center on the south bank and a linear park to the north.

Barges flexibly serve as cafes, gardens or docks. Underpasses below the rail lines at the south bank invite passage from the river’s edge to the recreation center.

The sweeping arc of the pedestrian bridge connects the banks of the Ohio to the West End Bridge at a single point, reenacting the
confl uence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers to the east.

The convergence of the two bridges links the north and south riverfronts as well as the neighborhoods above them, which creates an opportunity for increased interaction and development of the area.

For centuries, the rivers have played an important role in Pittsburgh’s economy by serving to transport materials and goods. The designed, recreational barges are key to the project since they shift the use and perception of the river. The Ohio no longer simply
carries commercial traffi c, but it is a destination for people to enjoy. The portable barges provide additional green spaces that can reach the most remote neighborhood along the river with a fl exibility of use appropriate to the platforms.