Re-cultivating the Forest City, is a proposal by PORT architects for Cleveland, Ohio’s brownfield region in the Cuyahoga River Valley, utilizing a strategy of “productive re-colonization”, combining economic, ecological and social initiatives. The goal is to both increase the metropolitan value and re-orient the urban form away from its rust belt syndrome.
During the 1950s Cleveland was already a budding metropolis with industrial and economic might. This lead to high projected growth forecasts that spurred state government to increase spending on mostly downtown civic projects and infrastructure to connect the urban sprawl. However, struggling to adapt to economic and social changes, the city’s population has reduced by more than half of its 1950 peak (approx 915,000) , leaving behind a massive post industrial landscape.
Watch the video, or the rather poetic trailer, produced by Playhou.se explaining the history and project concept.