This urban housing research project proposes to reconnect the city to the sea - the port to the center, by pulling the major artery of Via Cavour through rather than allowing it to split and be dominated by the highway racing past. The proposal allows for partial restoration of the castle and the preservation of the historic muslim quarter remains on the site, ensconced in a new gateway piazza space and buildings that on one hand cap the urban garden trail leading toward the port, and on the other welcome foreign influence to come back into Palermo. It is a welcoming center and urban kiosk. The redirected artery will then lead its way to the edge of the constructed city, which will be turned over to the public in the form of an additional urban garden, serving again to function the city.
The other portion of the site is made up of housing that fits itself back into the city. It re-densifies the edge and creates urban blocks in an area that is situated to provide the best faces towards the sea and toward the city.
The architectural design project focused on the meeting of these two elements - the urban public project and the urban housing fabric. Originally conceived as a pinwheel of function, as a public meeting private pivot, it has evolved into a multi-use space - acting upon elements that exist within the site already (the soccer/football field that exists next to the music school), the renaissance church, and providing a new variety of uses like ground floor restaurant and retail spaces that then spill into the courtyard to disseminate the line between inside-outside.