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B³ BROOKLYN BRIDGE BASTIONS- HYBRID ECOLOGICAL/ EDUCATIONAL/ CLIMBING VENUE
Scope of Work: Competition
Location: Brooklyn Bridge, NY
Status: Not Built
Team: Method Design: Reese Campbell, Demetrios Comodromos, Jessica Bristow, Kendall Baldwin
Studio Rede: Julia Watson
Can urban spaces help resolve concern over health, biodiversity and public education? The Brooklyn Bridge Bastions or B3 proposal looks to re-appropriate the underside infrastructural space of the Brooklyn Bridge – transforming it from a vacant to a civic venue where previously unmatched urban activities can create a new infrastructural hybridization. Urban ecological habitation and outdoor rock climbing will be synthesized with rappelling, belaying, bouldering and traversing, while situated amongst green walls and ecological nesting sites for migratory bird, bat, and butterfly species.
Recognizing some of the concerns of the City, including the incidence of obesity and diabetes, nature-deficit syndrome and the loss of wildlife habitat that has accompanied urban sprawl, the B3 design proposal manipulates a series of vertical interventions and modular wall panels to programmatically merge an outdoor classroom with a vertical gymnasium. Biodiversity is embedded within the series of vertical interventions by a system of habitats designed for a range of endemic animal and plant species.