SoA students Christopher Pela’s andDavid Kim’s submission,Aqua Lung, has been selected for inclusion as a Design Poster in theACADIA 2013 Adaptive Architecture Conferencethis October at the University of Waterloo, School of Architecture in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. The completed poster (from SoA Assistant ProfessorSusannah Dickinson's spring arc 402 studio) will be included in the conference exhibit and will be published in the ACADIA 2013 Proceedings. This was one of only 12 accepted design poster submissions, including contributions from noted professionals and scholars in the field, so the accomplishment is great!

Aqua Lung is a project motivated by New York City’s growing need for housing and the potential threat of a catastrophic storm surge. Stringing from Lower Manhattan’s Battery Park to the Red Hook Container Terminal in Brooklyn, this mile long residential flood gate aligns itself with the existing Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel below. Aqua Lung activates the Harbor with an entirely new typology combining public security and mixed-use modular residences. At sea level, this project serves as a highly public, linear trajectory. A string of parks, restaurants, shops, temporary and permanent vending allows the commuting public to use this architectural proposal as a highly functional, as well as recreational, pedestrian pathway between New York’s inner boroughs. The bladder walls protecting the upper residential zone utilize ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE), a fluorine based plastic, as a means to capture and store surge water. Furthermore, the pivoting water towers not only have the ability to offset the flooding burden but to continuously generate energy either through wave movement or, during “activated” state, hydroelectric generation. The proposal both houses and secures the general public through the use of soft infrastructure, slowing the velocity of a surge, as well as hard infrastructure which shields the City.






Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 3:45pm