Stretching between the Strip District of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny River, this site was developed into an ecological housing complex that took advantage of both the thriving neighborhood and the riverfront. This was a study of overlapping social program with ecological function to try to blend the two environmental fabrics into a new building framework. We examined function of ecological conditioned for the purpose of water retention and flood mitigation, and tried to incorporate these conditions into the urban landscape. The roofs of the housing units are used to grow food for the residents and the surrounding neighborhood. Throughout the site a system of pipes serves as structural framework, supports circulation, and pumps collected and stored rainwater to irrigate the crops.
In Collaboration with: Ryan Smith
Instructors: Dana Cupkova, Nina Chase, Matt Hubar