CONCEPTUALIZING CONTEXT: DYNAMIC DESIGN THROUGH TIDAL INTERFACE
Natural cycles have been the source of wonder and terror throughout the history of civilization, leading to a dichotomy of emotions which has led man to approach these forces in two essential ways: symbiotically, and tyrannically. This thesis proposes a return to symbiosis with Nature through the reversal of a historically oppressed and environmentally dynamic site, the New York City waterfront. Through the study and design of an Urban Escape on the Hudson River along the west side of Manhattan, this thesis suggests an architectural acknowledgement and synergistic relationship with its context and its environmental forces as a compelling vehicle for responsive interaction in order to re-engage the environmentally deprived urban dweller with the natural cycles they have been separated from by the density of modern cities. The project will create a place of pause and rest from the abrasive cycles of the city and modern urban life, situating itself within the zone that lies between the purely wet and purely dry where the city and the water interlock. More precisely, it will engage and re-activate the unique tidal fluctuations present from the Atlantic Ocean as the driver to synthesize the potentials of a symbiotic relationship between a building and its environment, producing an interface that frames the past, and celebrates the potentials of the present and the future.
School:University of Cincinnati
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:architecture reflexive urban issues new york city post industrial waterfronts tidal reactivation natural vs artificial human condition
Date of Publication:01/01/2004