Human-Nature Urbanisms: Hannah Arthur

M.Arch. Candidate: Hannah Arthur

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 the Revitalization of Oakland, California’s Industrial Edge (Site of Previous Airport)

The overall site theme is an exposed network of interaction between the constructed and the natural remediative processes that are integrated into an encompassing remediation mechanisms. The exterior program will consist of phytoremediation and workshops where soil and plants can be tested for levels of toxicity as the soil undergoes cleaning processes. Water from the bay will be introduced into the site and cleaned through a system of streams, fish ponds, and planted filter beds. The public will be able to work the ground by helping plant and harvest and thus take an active role in the remediation of the site. Pools throughout the site will also be places where the public can enjoy swimming in the remediated water. And the plants that filter the water create a rejuvenating environment for recreation. Decks and paths wind throughout the site allowing visitors to bike, run, or walk through the park and wetland areas. The paths, combined with the various remediation sites, will provide places for rest, privacy, or gathering.