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title   Ujamaa Square, New Orleans: Tectonic Bridge
students   Sean Brennan, Justin Powers
instructor   Mark Pasnik
date   Spring 2006
school   Wentworth Institute of Technology
     
subject   landscape, public building
site   Treme, Lafitte
     
description  
The contaminated soil is one of the largest and most widespread problems the people of New Orleans face pointing us to the main focus of our design; we worked with the landscape and answering the problem of how the community center can still function while remediation is occurring. The inspiration for our landscape came through studying the work of the Noguchi [a world renowned artist] and his contemporary interpretations of the playground. Taking Noguchiís ideas along with our own we transformed a basic idea into a matrix of raised safe grounds to create outdoor occupy-able spaces while remediation is happening. The raised safe ground would block remediation from occurring therefore these raised safe grounds would move over time. The process of movement would prolong the remediation process but would also open up the much needed outdoor spaces not only for the day-care center but also for the elderly apartment holders and the Ujamaa activity center. Through our calculations we discover it would take 88% less soil to create these raised safe grounds than it would take to replace all the top soil [another alternative for remediation]. For both the Environmental Lab and the Day-care Center we wanted to be as cost effective as possible by using only local materials as well as standard lumber sizes for a module. The Environmental lab would utilize the pre-existing two story house and one of the shotgun houses through the insertion of a tectonic bridge between the two. The bridge would react to the movement of these raised safe grounds, using them as a structural support while moving and adjusting to its new location. This tectonic bridge would be put together in a kit of parts fashion, allowing even those with little construction background to participate in its assembly. For the day-care center we wanted to not only provide the children with as much outdoor space as possible but also utilize the new structure to gather gray water for the remediation gardens. A thick concrete wall runs down the middle of the building organizing the day-care center. This organizing wall also doubles as an aqueduct carrying the water to the cisterns located underground on either end of the building.
     
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