City / Nature Adaptive Edge
In a break from past patterns this proposal eschews the tendency of coastal development to build on the best and most beautiful plots of land, thus diminishing the value of natural systems and compromising many of the attributes that make these places desirable. In this case, more than 75% of the site is left undeveloped in order to preserve the continuity of the local ecosystem.
The development incorporates commercial and residential buildings, with a large nature preserve, wetland areas, and the public beachfront. By putting the main bulk of the buildings in a dense but open line along Edgemere Ave, the project intensifies both the urban character of the street and the natural character of the ocean ecology.
Location: Far Rockaway, Brooklyn, NY
Program: Residential, Commercial, Nature Preserve, Recreation
Size: 86 acres
Team: Amir Karimpour, Gong Chenxi
Proposed on June 14th, 2013