Exorcise Pool
Masters of Architecture Thesis 2013 at Parsons the New School for Design
Thesis Advisor: Paul Goldberger

Historically, the development of public parks and pools in New York City have been spurred with the intent of promoting public health, hygiene, generating employment, and increased public access to New York’s water resources. This project aims to realign and expand the focus on the development of a public park and pool located in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn with a proposal for a public pool integrated with a local master plan. This master plan aims to address the overburdened existing water related infrastructure through the redevelopment of the street sections relationship with storm water remediation. In addition to the treatment of storm water, this new surface infrastructure can be treated as a public space or connective tissue through the neighborhood. The integration of this public pool in tandem with the new water related infrastructural plan serve as a working piece of occupiable infrastructure, making explicit the land’s relationship to water and the public.

How can architecture create an environment that incites responsibility and awareness when it comes to waters effect on the built condition?

The project is not intended to reverse the effect of storm water but to impel the public into a physical conversation with the infrastructures and built environment that result as a response to it. The program of a pool further provokes the public to engage in a shared experience where the recognition of precisely how the pool exists is inextricable from the water and landscape that surrounds it.

Located in the neighborhood of East Williamsburg, a pool sited adjacent to the Newtown Creek begins to create a new dialogue within the highly industrial zone. The connective tissue of a stormwater remediation system which serves doubly as a public space serves to connect the neighborhood of a primarily hardscaped industrial zone from a masterplanning scale. A pool sited at the corners of Morgan Avenue and Meadow Street serves as an attractor to the public to this site which performs also performs doubly as an occupiable bioremediation hub for stormwater.

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