Projects Video
A video presentation of all the course projects.
Co-Create Curating Form and Function
From deindustrialization to the abandonment of housing, the past 40 years has left Baltimoreans with countless economic, social and institutional challenges. In “Co-Create,” we combine urban design and spatial programming strategies to re-stitch isolated land use typologies fragmenting the “Shrinking City.” The result of our work is a four-step process-based approach to developing form and function in Baltimore’s urban fringe.
Kuan Butts, Karen Johnson
Modular Parcelization Re-imagining Remediation
This project creates a spatial and programmatic solution that response to the needs of the site, but also suitable for deployment on other brown fields. It reconsiders the way that brown fields have been approached by environmental engineers and real estate developers. To minimize the risk, they have tended to let sites sit fallow during remediation. The project re-conceives this site as a dynamic field to be activated, not a static void on the landscape.
Sara Brown, Sayjel Patel
Optimizing Flows Addressing Abandonment and Growth
Through the addressing of two opposing conditions within Baltimore, abandonment and growth, Optimizing Flows seeks to capitalize on Exxon-Mobil’s site location at the confluence of various transportation networks. In addition, Optimizing Flows proposes an alternative use for Baltimore’s vacant buildings.
George Beane, Laura Schmitz
Made in Baltimore Sharing Resources In a Time of Need
Made In Baltimore combines a vocational high school with manufacturing center on a single, scalable, open campus. The two programs share numerous facilities, such as cafeterias, flexible classrooms, computer labs and presentation spaces.
Ksenia Kaladiouk, Benjamin Golder
Spectacular Productivity Sourcing Locally
Derived from an intensive, iterative process of program development, the site of a bygone oil refinery is transformed into a landscape park that incorporates a Museum of Baltimore Homes, a National Museum of American Industry, and an experimental Aquaculture center, raising the Maryland Blue Crab.
Sneha Mandhan, Michael Waldrep

XX Lines Research

Geology XX Lines
Many coastal cities formed along the Fall Line that marks the boundary between the flat Atlantic Coastal Plain and the hillier Piedmont to its West. These cities took advantage of the Fall Line's waterfalls and rapids to provide waterpower for industries such as textile mills. They also controlled river traffic and trade at these key geographic points. Baltimore is situated within a history of both energy production and transportation.
Laura Schmitz
Infrastructure and Traffic XX Lines
In this XX Lines project, urban flows in Baltimore are examined. Specifically, the cities relationship to its harbor and freight logistics is examined. In addition, the effect that these systems have on the existing built environment, and its intrinsic transportation fabric is explored through the lens of negative and positive space.
Sayjel Patel
The Chesapeake Estuary XX Lines
A mapping study of the Chesapeake Bay—the iconic estuary that has historically fed Baltimore. As an increase poultry consumption nationally drives the expansion of the Confined Feeding Operations in the DelMarVa peninsula, the major source of pollution in the bay has shifted from industry runoff to nitrogen leaching from industrial farming.
Michael Waldrep
Import Export and Post-Industrial Land Use XX Lines
This project probes into the ins and outs of Baltimore harbor. Specifically, it focuses on material flows and production. The second portion of this project examines precedents in the region for post-industrial land reuse. It explores a variety of programmatic introductions onto sites once employed in heavy industry and analyzes them upon a number of metrics.
Sneha Mandhan
Baltimore's Active Waterfront and City Plans XX Lines
Mapping the active waterfront and analyzing past plans for Baltimore's future.
Kuan Butts
Exxon Mobil Historical Geography XX Lines
A mapping study of the world largest Corporation, as measured by revenue. ExxonMobil's vast land holdings are rooted on the Eastern Seaboard, where the company and its progenitor, Standard Oil, dominated business as early as 1872. While refining operations now center around the western U.S., many of sites around the country that are now used for fuel storage began as refineries.
Michael Waldrep
Markets, Economy, and Industrial Natures XX Lines
In this XX Lines, Baltimore's economy is cross examined through the lens of both Residential and Commercial land use trends. GIS mapping was used to track the spatial nature of such movements through Baltimore. Additionally, Baltimore's Industry was mapped using GIS as well, this time examining prevailing development trends within the city in relation to the Exxon-Mobil development site.
Sara Brown
Finding Design XX Lines
Comparative design strategies examine Baltimore, Maryland and its physical nature in relation to other urban counterparts in the United States. In addition, it maps development and growth in the city through time, observing the shifting focus of urban development in the region.
Laura Schmitz
Baltimore's Needs and Retail XX Lines
As a shrinking city, Baltimore faces two separate, but related prob- lems. First, how to stem the tide of departures, which exacerbates the decay of central city neighborhoods. Second, how to attract new residents capable of investing in the city and its communities. Neither goal will be accomplished solely through large-scale de- velopment projects. Instead, Baltimore must focus on grassroots improvements that begin in neighborhoods and emanate outwards on a local scale.
George Beane
City Health and Politics XX Lines
This report examines politics and development within the city, presenting a madcap system desperate to attract investment at almost any cost. The project unveils the consequences of the $745 million deficit the city faces this coming decade and the implication of the growing divide between high wage, skilled labor jobs and low wage service industry employment.
Ksenia Kaladiouk
Canton and Megaprojects XX Lines
Understanding the social makeup and trajectory of the neighborhood of Canton in context with the greater region's largest construction project undertakings throughout Baltimore's history.
Karen Johnson