REGIONAL ANALYSIS

Heart disease mortality rate comparison between the city and the county they sit in relation to the poverty rate

THE HEART TRAIL

A TRAIL SYSTEM TO IMPROVE HEALTH CONDITION IN POUGHKEEPSIE

Fall 2017

URBAN DESIGN STUDIO II

American Cities & Regional Context

Poughkeepsie, NY

with Xianyao Xia, Huanyu Chen, Gigi Singh

Division of Work  - Schematic Design, Mapping, GIS Analysis, 3D Modeling, Landscape Design, Performance Space Design, Rendering, Animation

STATEMENT

 

THE HEART TRAIL, is a new infrastructure of healthy mobility, connecting Poughkeepsie's existing and new trails, parks, commuting routes, and health-related services. THE HEART TRAIL addresses the effects of heart disease, a central problem for many Americans, and a disproportionate part of life for minority and low-income groups in small cities like Poughkeepsie. With a history of disinvestment, the loss of services, under-maintained parks, and destructive infrastructures like the arterial system, Poughkeepsie's population, especially in neighborhoods in the North Side, suffers from a lack of healthy choices, and thus suffers from a high mortality rate of heart disease. 

THE HEART TRAIL creates a framework for programs, new social and health facilities, community centers, community gardens and connects stations which provide medical and physical supports. This new system will address the dire health status of the City's North Side but is also a model for intervention in other stressed communities. 

Two major hospitals located in the city, yet limited medical outreach has been conducted to the community; With the involvement of government, they could become the funding source of this project to improve the overall health condition of the city

The northern part of the city is long considered the food desert; The city tried to solve the problem by introducing mobile markets in the city, while few know its existence. By incorporating it into the heart trail system, residents can be easier to be exposed to these programs and have a healthier diet

Lots of psychological counselling services are found in the city, yet most of them cost heavily and don't have public outreach; With the funding and interactive signage system in the heart trail, residents would be able to conduct affordable psychological counselling when needed

Parks are not rare in the city, but most of them are under the poor condition and lack maintenance; Being connected by the heart trail system, these parks would be activated again

EXISTING HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE ANALYSIS

OPERATION DECISION

THE HEART TRAIL SYSTEM

TRAIL TYPOLOGY

COMMUNITY CENTER
Community centers along the trail provide various programs to the community including private psychological counseling, public medical outreach, indoor sports courts, exercise programs and mobile markets; Residents can also use the rooftop as the extended trail and viewpoint of the city

COMMUNITY GARDEN
Community gardens between the existing church and school can provide huge open space and farmlands to both communities; Food education it provides also is very critical to elementary school students to grow healthy diet; Fresh cafe and fresh markets would be able to provide low cost and fresh food to the locals as well

COMMUNITY CENTER
Private Psychological Concelling / Public Medical Outreach / Indoor Sports Courts / Exercise Programs / Mobile Markets / Rooftop Space / Interactive Signage System

COMMUNITY GARDEN
Food Education / Fresh Cafe / Hydroponic Farming Center / Open Space / Fresh Markets

CONNECTING STATION
Urban Terrace / Bike Renting / Comfort Station / Transit Hub

OTHER ROADS
Lighting System / Urban Furniture / Interactive Signage