WATERLINE 

HARVARD UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL OF DESIGN WITH PHILIP ENQUIST OF SOM
2012

Our series brought the Chicago River to Cambridge; not through diagrams or imagery, but a "tour" down the river to give students a real life look at the project sites.




Philip Enquist of SOM led an ambitious design studio at the Harvard GSD (gsd.harvard.edu/) where a group of architecture, urban planning, urban design, and landscape architecture students confronted the underutilized and under-appreciated South Branch of the Chicago River. Together, with determined collaboration, the students were tasked with rethinking what the River means to the City, questioning and dissecting this twofold urban relationship.

Under Enquist’s guidance, the studio merged ideas from each discipline in an attempt to generate meaningful design solutions. Working both collectively and individually, students analyzed and eventually enhanced how this aqueous artery defines the city of Chicago.





The series created an authentic look into the life of students as they designed in the studio. Our intent was to follow their design process, hearing and seeing the progress as it happened.



The third film in our series shares each student’s design along with thoughtful critiques from an esteemed jury of professionals.


Exhibited designs at the Riverfront Museum, connecting student design work to real world problem-solving.