This project was a design studio class coordinated with the UDL and conducted by Columbia’s schools of architecture and engineering working in collaboration with Sustainable South Bronx (SSBX), a community-based organization. The studio explored the redevelopment of the Oak Point industrial waterfront in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the South Bronx, one of the largest undeveloped parcels of land in New York City.
The studio was based on a proposal created by SSBX and Green Worker Cooperatives. These organizations suggest the creation of an Eco-Industrial Park on the site rather than a jail as proposed by the city or a power plant as proposed by the property owner. The Park would include an industrial recycling facility that would siphon reusable building construction materials such as scrap metal, glass, and plastics that normally get sent to a landfill.
The studio explored the issue of a new generation of industry in New York City related to the transformation from a biotic-based economy to a restoration-based economy and from renewable to remediated resources. This investigation was coordinated with the goals of the NYC2030 Plan as developed by the Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability.
The Urban Ecology Studio is a research and training collaboration between the Senior Civil and Environmental Engineering Design Seminar at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). The Urban Ecology Studio trains students of different disciplines to investigate deeply environmental design solutions for cities in the twenty first century.
Faculty: Richard Plunz, Patricia Culligan, Dimitris Vlachopoulos, Philip Simmons.