Human-Nature Urbanisms: Dima Almobarak

M.Arch. Candidate: Dima Almobarak

Designing Human-Nature Urbanisms is a series of thesis projects – under the supervision of Nicole Lambrou – at the Academy of Art University Graduate School of Architecture that took on the question of what form the integration of social and natural takes in an urban setting.

Proposal for Treasure Island, CA

Treasure Island was a dedicated naval port in the recent past which left the island with an overwhelming amount of contaminated soil. The project seeks to achieve this by integrating indoor and outdoor recreation, developed in conjunction with the island’s residents, with environmental remediation. The purpose of the environmental research center, and larger master plan, is to develop a variety of methods to remediate the contaminated soil on the island while, at the same time, making the landscape productive for the community. The remediation fields will illustrate a range of options that could transform the land into recreational parks for the community. The concepts explore how soil remediation can provide opportunities for a healthy living space, as well as address environmental concerns. The research center would be a major factor shaping the character of the island, creating a strong link to the existing community and the proposed development. The research center is a project that aims to catalyze advocacy to support the community’s goals.