Fall River Culinary Campus, Fall River MA  This project is a proposal for a culinary campus in Fall River, MA, which began as a mass transit study for the greater region. The town of Fall River is located approximately fifteen minutes by train from neighboring Providence, RI and Taunton, MA. Both Fall River and Taunton are former industrial townships whose industries have slowly receded over the last quarter century. By introducing a localized mass transit system linking the three destinations together, new economic and cultural opportunities can be imagined for these two townships that have been left behind economically. I identified an opportunity in the form of the culinary arts and tourism, whereby these programs could bolster the food and beverage industry that is already thriving in Fall River in the form of small family-owned restaurants operated by its Portuguese population. The neighboring town of Providence also supports a growing cooking culture with the prestigious culinary arts school at Johnson and Wales University.   The waterfront at Fall River was chosen as the site for this new culinary campus. The existing waterfront is scattered with a collection of over-scaled and under-utilized warehouses, dock-lands and deteriorating infrastructure. The proposed campus consists of a series of new structures that fit in between, bridge over, and wrap around these existing structures in a coordinated play of scale, orientation and sequence. Several existing structures have been re-purposed and modified to accommodate new uses. The unused land throughout the site is carved away to maximize the waterfront perimeter. Juxtaposing architectural forms creates boundless potential for new spatial relationships between the old and the new.     © Jacqueline Ho 2010-2016

Fall River Culinary Campus, Fall River MA
This project is a proposal for a culinary campus in Fall River, MA, which began as a mass transit study for the greater region. The town of Fall River is located approximately fifteen minutes by train from neighboring Providence, RI and Taunton, MA. Both Fall River and Taunton are former industrial townships whose industries have slowly receded over the last quarter century. By introducing a localized mass transit system linking the three destinations together, new economic and cultural opportunities can be imagined for these two townships that have been left behind economically. I identified an opportunity in the form of the culinary arts and tourism, whereby these programs could bolster the food and beverage industry that is already thriving in Fall River in the form of small family-owned restaurants operated by its Portuguese population. The neighboring town of Providence also supports a growing cooking culture with the prestigious culinary arts school at Johnson and Wales University.


The waterfront at Fall River was chosen as the site for this new culinary campus. The existing waterfront is scattered with a collection of over-scaled and under-utilized warehouses, dock-lands and deteriorating infrastructure. The proposed campus consists of a series of new structures that fit in between, bridge over, and wrap around these existing structures in a coordinated play of scale, orientation and sequence. Several existing structures have been re-purposed and modified to accommodate new uses. The unused land throughout the site is carved away to maximize the waterfront perimeter. Juxtaposing architectural forms creates boundless potential for new spatial relationships between the old and the new.

 

© Jacqueline Ho 2010-2016

  Fall River Culinary Campus, Fall River MA   An expression of arrival at the new campus. El Lissitzky Proun was the influence in a series of paintings attempting to capture the new Fall River upon arrival.     © Jacqueline Ho 2010-2016

Fall River Culinary Campus, Fall River MA

An expression of arrival at the new campus. El Lissitzky Proun was the influence in a series of paintings attempting to capture the new Fall River upon arrival.

 

© Jacqueline Ho 2010-2016

  Fall River Culinary Campus, Fall River MA   The proposed train program would allow for a twenty minute network between Providence, Taunton and Fall River, with a branch of culinary education focusing on local produce and ethnic influence in each.     © Jacqueline Ho 2010-2016

Fall River Culinary Campus, Fall River MA

The proposed train program would allow for a twenty minute network between Providence, Taunton and Fall River, with a branch of culinary education focusing on local produce and ethnic influence in each.

 

© Jacqueline Ho 2010-2016

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  Fall River Culinary Campus, Fall River MA   Existing markers within the waterfront zone are preserved and framed as navigational devices as one moves through the proposed complex. The juxtaposition of old and new reinforces the playful collection of shapes and volumes along the waterfront.     © Jacqueline Ho 2010-2016

Fall River Culinary Campus, Fall River MA

Existing markers within the waterfront zone are preserved and framed as navigational devices as one moves through the proposed complex. The juxtaposition of old and new reinforces the playful collection of shapes and volumes along the waterfront.

 

© Jacqueline Ho 2010-2016

  Fall River Culinary Campus, Fall River MA   An overhead view of the campus reveals the playful and slightly strange nature by which new structures are placed adjacent old. The culinary arts cultivate a similar juxtaposition of contrasting ingredients to ignite a chemical reaction that entertains the palette.     © Jacqueline Ho 2010-2016

Fall River Culinary Campus, Fall River MA

An overhead view of the campus reveals the playful and slightly strange nature by which new structures are placed adjacent old. The culinary arts cultivate a similar juxtaposition of contrasting ingredients to ignite a chemical reaction that entertains the palette.

 

© Jacqueline Ho 2010-2016

  Fall River Culinary Campus, Fall River MA   Orientation is prescriptive and defined within each new structure. Controlled views curate how a visitor encounters the old industrial landscape, the new inserted volumes, and the oddities on the horizon. By contrasting elements in this way, old and new structures gain the ability to charge a visitor and guide them through the campus.     © Jacqueline Ho 2010-2016

Fall River Culinary Campus, Fall River MA

Orientation is prescriptive and defined within each new structure. Controlled views curate how a visitor encounters the old industrial landscape, the new inserted volumes, and the oddities on the horizon. By contrasting elements in this way, old and new structures gain the ability to charge a visitor and guide them through the campus.

 

© Jacqueline Ho 2010-2016

  Fall River Culinary Campus, Fall River MA   The master-plan is comprised of unique playful figures, nested and docked at the base of the bridge, charging each other and the existing markers both nearby and at a distance. The prominent pair of cooling towers in view of Fall River’s residents are embraced into the play of volumes along the water’s edge.     © Jacqueline Ho 2010-2016

Fall River Culinary Campus, Fall River MA

The master-plan is comprised of unique playful figures, nested and docked at the base of the bridge, charging each other and the existing markers both nearby and at a distance. The prominent pair of cooling towers in view of Fall River’s residents are embraced into the play of volumes along the water’s edge.

 

© Jacqueline Ho 2010-2016

  Fall River Culinary Campus, Fall River MA   The culmination of a series of paintings aimed to capture the spirit of the new Fall River upon arrival.     © Jacqueline Ho 2010-2016

Fall River Culinary Campus, Fall River MA

The culmination of a series of paintings aimed to capture the spirit of the new Fall River upon arrival.

 

© Jacqueline Ho 2010-2016

  Fall River Culinary Campus, Fall River MA   Left: One of Fall River’s most treasured features are the permanently docked battleships at the waterfront. National holiday celebrations happen at the battleships as do many local events year-round.   Right: Carving back the water’s edge, proposed new buildings and small islands suggest a similar sense of celebrated docking, at the recreational heart of the city.

Fall River Culinary Campus, Fall River MA

Left: One of Fall River’s most treasured features are the permanently docked battleships at the waterfront. National holiday celebrations happen at the battleships as do many local events year-round.


Right: Carving back the water’s edge, proposed new buildings and small islands suggest a similar sense of celebrated docking, at the recreational heart of the city.

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  Fall River Culinary Campus, Fall River MA   Choreography of the chess pieces on the board explore partial removal of existing structures, insertion of new figures within shells of others, wrapping one building around another, and dispersing small kiosks throughout an open shed under the bridge. These figures bridge the scale change between houses and battleships, in a soup of movement throughout the culinary campus.     © Jacqueline Ho 2010-2016

Fall River Culinary Campus, Fall River MA

Choreography of the chess pieces on the board explore partial removal of existing structures, insertion of new figures within shells of others, wrapping one building around another, and dispersing small kiosks throughout an open shed under the bridge. These figures bridge the scale change between houses and battleships, in a soup of movement throughout the culinary campus.

 

© Jacqueline Ho 2010-2016

  Fall River Culinary Campus, Fall River MA   An expression of arrival at the new campus. El Lissitzky Proun was the influence in a series of paintings attempting to capture the new Fall River upon arrival.     © Jacqueline Ho 2010-2016

Fall River Culinary Campus, Fall River MA

An expression of arrival at the new campus. El Lissitzky Proun was the influence in a series of paintings attempting to capture the new Fall River upon arrival.

 

© Jacqueline Ho 2010-2016

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