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. M.Arch. candidates shown here: Hannah Arthur and Dima Almobarak.
Hannah Arthur’s proposal for the revitalization of the previous airport in Oakland, CA
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.
Dima Almobarak’s 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.
Research and Observations