soandso_the-cutS.jpg
soandso_the-cut2S.jpg
soandso_the-cut3S.jpg
soandso_the-cut4S.jpg
soandso_the-cut5S.jpg
soandso_the-cutS.jpg

Image1


SCROLL DOWN

Image1


THE CUT

Bergen Arches is the common name for the Erie Railroad’s mile-long, four-track cut through the Palisades in Jersey City. It linked the railroad's main line to the Hudson River waterfront and eventually Manhattan for it's 30,000 daily passengers. The passage was finished in 1910, though since the last train in 1959, the Bergen Arches has become overlooked and almost completely forgotten. 

soandso_the-cut2S.jpg

Image2


Image2


INTERVENTION

So + So Studio, a Berlin based architecture firm has teamed up with Jersey City based place making organization, Green Villain, as well as local residents and activists to present their vision for the redevelopment of The Bergen Arches. They strive to engage the general public and continue the conversation about urban land conservation and spark a movement that reactivates Jersey City's backyard—The Bergen Arches.

Video


Video


VISION

With focus on preservation and adaptive reuse, the team proposes site specific landscape and architectural interventions to create a new public park and walkway, a place to promote local artists and boost Jersey City’s overall cultural reputation.  A series of paths could explore the Erie Cut, sixty feet below the hustle and bustle of everyday life, through an elevated system of ramps and walkways that meander through the vegetation canopies, sculpture gardens, murals and more. 

soandso_the-cut3S.jpg

Image3


Image3


URBAN ECOLOGY

The Arches is a historical masterpiece. For decades the vegetation and wildlife have thrived in this mile long pathway, unbeknownst to the world above them. Overgrown and protected, the cut has preserved decades of graffiti and site specific art, which only perpetuates the uniqueness of this site. 

soandso_the-cut4S.jpg

Image4


Image4


SOCIAL RESPONSIBLITY 

As our post-industrial city continues to amass mid to high-rise towers, it is imperative that we look down as much as we look up for the answers about individuality and place.  The stick and steel will allow the residents to live here, Restaurant Row to eat here, but without Jersey City-centric projects that allow us to compete on the global stage we will always be haunted by the specter of placelessness. The Bergen Arches project is the answer. Help us to reclaim and revitalize these spaces that bare such history and call for a creative future for Jersey City.

soandso_the-cut5S.jpg

image5


image5