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1766 map of Brooklyn

EAST RIVER

ELLIS ISLAND

hydronic

HUDSON RIVER

solar uv

Before the creation of the canal, the land was once a prosperous tidal marsh with spring-fed fresh water ponds which served as habitat for many animals. Now the canal has been stripped of its fertile soil and replaced with pollution. Let the HARVEST begin.

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water retention flex-tank

LIBERTY ISLAND

used in radiant floor+ wall

WATER RETENTION FACILITY Inspired by the fluctuation of rainwater amounts from month-to-month, the facility creates an interactive component with visitors and residents by collecting the rainwater in flexible fabric containters which and contract based on the usage of the water and the amount of rainwater on site. People will be able to witness their consumption habits.

scientist’s office

channeled to

quaking aspens remediate heavy metals

A ater wall

aerated by w

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retention basin for grey water

Boat Dock+Storage

treatment wetlands

surge pool

oyster beds

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polishing wetlands

UPPER BAY

COMMUNITY CENTER

rejuvenated GOWA

NUS CANAL

as performing tidal

*shown at high tide in 20 years

marsh

PROGRAMMATIC DISTRIBUTION

COMMUNITY CENTER

WATER RETENTION FACILITY RECYCLING FACILITY

RESTAURANT | mixed-use

Oyster Bar Habitat -wave attenuation -piezoelectric energy harvesting

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outdoor theatre

B+C

MARITIME MUSEUM|FISH HATCHERY

COMMUNITY CENTER

cafe

BIO-FUEL PLANT

Scattered across the American landscape, relics of our past stand vacant, deteriorating with every rainfall. The chemicals which make up these relics have become part of our water cycle leaching harmful contaminants into our drinking water.

1. to gather a crop, reap

pool

sm.

market area

playground

spa|fitness lobby

pool

kitchen

LEVEL 2

boat house

internet cafe

ski-slope|skate park

meal distribution

theatre

storage

dock

LEVEL 1

[+22’]

[+12’]

2. to remove or extract UV Filtratio

3. a season for gathering

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The project looks at the wholistic cycle of birth and decay of buildings and crafts an architecture that is transient. The necessities of today will not necessarily be those of tomorrow thus the project posits the idea of architecture that not only can be assembled quickly and easily to maintain structural integrity, it is responsive to the changing nature of our cities.

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raquetball courts

gym

canal

HARVEST(IN)Gowanus

grove

GOWANUS CANAL

GOWANUS BAY

Rooted in the earth, the existing brick buildings serve as monolithic bases upon which the building grows vertically. Wrapped with a crystalline structure, the greenhouses form a buffer between the elements and the core of mixed use spaces within the building. Acting as a filter, the facades and roofs of the buildings will absorb and cleanse the water from rainfall. Before the introduction of the Gowanus Canal in the 1840s, the Dutch had colonized the area harnessing the aerable land into agriculture land. The act of feeding from the land can not longer take place due to the immense inundation with chemicals and toxins. The tidal marsh, once remediate, can then function for the next generation to fit their needs. The architecture lifts the process of producing food off of the ground and encapsulates it in a “greenhouse” wall and roof system which allow for harvest of food year round. The harvesting of food creates a community ritual of gathering for the stewards of this historic site. It is up to the future generation to create responsive architecture that proliferates the entire Gowanus Canal.

SUMMER [shows high tide in 20 years] mixed use + housing

atrium with water flex-tanks

rooftop garden comm. center pool area

IN SITU

PRESERVATION STRATEGY

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flexible water-proof fabric

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SLIGHT BREEZE, WARM SUNLIGHT |

RHIZODEGREDATION RHIZO DEGREDATI

restaurant level

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playground

flex tank

POLLUTED AIR 02. EXTRUDE

not pictured

public gathering area

BUILDING MATERIALS ENERGY NEW PRODUCTS

WINTER [shows low tide in present day]

hydro-fluxus floor

Eutrophication of the Gowanus Canal has led to a detrimental seascape where an accumilation of phytoplankton and algae have decreased the oxygen levels which are necessary to the fostering of plant and fish life.

TOXIC WATER

FILTERLAYER

CLEAN WATER

ACCUMULATION AC CCUMULATI

QUAKING ASPEN TREE

POLLUTED SOIL

of the metals meetals that currently rest re on the top toop layer of soil and ttested

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PHYTOEXTRACTION PHYT TOEXTRACTI o the contaminants left in of o soil the deeper levels of

Heavy metals, excrement, petroleum-based chemicals and other harmful pollutants fill the Gowanus Canal. Once these are either capped or removed through dredging, microbes can be released into the soil to finish the job. Mycelium and Oysters can be used to harvest pollutants from water.

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composting toilets

G O W A N U S ~~~~~~ C A N A L S

POLLUTED WATER

PHYTOHYDRAULICS PHYTTOHYDRAUL

WATER WORKS

ice skating rink

flooring

organic waste

structural piles

EXCESS NUTRI EN T

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skate park

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01. KEEP

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HARVEST WASTE ON SITE - AUTOMOBILES - PARTS - TRASH

splash park

cistern

The flex-tanks are made of a woven elastic which allows them to expand and contract based on the amount of water recieved.

heated channel

If there is a heavy downpour, the bags will while the excess will be diverted into undground cisterns

ski|sled slope

COLD BREATHS, LOUD LAUGHTER |

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*ALL COURTS ARE LOCATED INSIDE THE BUILDING

HARVEST(IN)Gowanus  

First Prize entry to the 2012 Gowanus by Design Water_Works Competition

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