In the fall of 2012, three students, two in landscape architecture and one in architecture, collaborated to create Above Below Beyond, an exhibition of student design work inspired by Philadelphia’s Reading Railroad. Passionate about the potential of this abandoned railroad, we wanted to make years of student research, interest, and ideas inspired by the site available to the public in order to encourage the railroad’s development. Above Below Beyond was meant as a springboard and a catalyst, a conversation starter that could help spread the word about this historic infrastructure. We hoped that the often-overlooked troves of student work created about such inspiring places every year could be seen as a resource that could aid visionaries, community members and stakeholders in realizing the potential of such forgotten places. Check out the kickstarter for a little more background. This project received the 2013 American Society of Landscape Architects Student Award of Excellence in Communication.

Project Team: Diana Fernandez, Amy Syverson, and Susan Kolber

Press: Inhabitat, ArchdailyNextCity