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XAVIER UNIVERSITY

Oranjestad, Aruba

CPLN 760: Public Realm Studio Fall 2010

Yumi Lifer

yumilifer@gmail.com

714.679.5095

SITE PLAN Tram Line

Academic Facilities

A Sunken Park

A’ BIrd’s Eye View Community Center and Plaza

Retail Hub

Student Housing

Existing Condition

50 m

Xavier University is currently a single building surrounded by vacant residential lots,

including a large vacant parcel that is predisposed to flooding during the rainy season. The Xavier University proposal includes the expansion of academic facilities on the vacant residential lots as well as a central park easily accessible to nearby residents. In addition to a park, a plaza, and an underground cistern, the proposed campus features additional academic facilities, a community center, a retail hub, and additional housing. The proposal for the expansion of Xavier University would create a much-needed community anchor, promoting enhanced social, economic, and educational opportunities for residents and visitors alike.

Sunken Park Perspective

The site for the proposed park currently has severe flooding issues, and is not ideal for traditional development. The proposal calls for a slightly sunken park, approximately 100 meters wide, 50 meters long, and a maximum depth of 2.5 meters. The park plays on the idea of the site as a natural detention area for stormwater while creating unique opportunities for visitors to explore various contours, sightlines, and elevations.


XAVIER UNIVERSITY

Oranjestad, Aruba

CPLN 760: Public Realm Studio Fall 2010

Yumi Lifer

yumilifer@gmail.com

714.679.5095

Top Soil Permeable Pavement Loose Aggregate Geogrid Geotextile Filter Fabric Geomembrane Liner Pre-treatment Filtration Rainstore Modular Units Pump Outlet Pipe Underground Cistern Components

Beneath the sunken park is a large cistern that filters, collects, and

Geogrid Overflow drain to ground

stores stormwater runoff from the campus as well as from surrounding residential units. The cistern absorbs water from the sunken park, and also collects water from gravity-fed underground culverts from adjacent buildings. Additionally, each residential block is equipped with a filtration and storage device that collects stormwater/greywater from each unit. The device then feeds into the cistern, which can store up to 1,200 cubic meters of water. This water can then be used for irrigation purposes, or even pumped back and reused in individual homes. Any overflow from the cistern would resupply the water-table. The neighborhood-wide water management system would greatly reduce flooding conditions in the area, limit stormwater runoff into the ocean, and provide a sustainable greywater source for Oranjestad’s residents.

Xavier University Community Center and Plaza Rendering

10 m

Section A-A’


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