Professor Henry Smith-Miller Team: Brandon Eck & Andrew Lane Site: Anable Basin, Queens, NY
Pratt Institute GAUD SPRING 2021
DESCRIPTION Situated along the East River at the Queen’s Anable Basin, the project terraforms the coastline, inserting infrastructure for a renewable Waste to Energy (WTE) facility. Trash & recycling sorting, greenhouse cultivation, and a restaurant coalesce under an elegant roof. Seeking to be celebrated instead of hidden, this contoured roof gracefully channels rainwater and allows for open air ventilation. Blurring the distinction between building and landscape, the project protects the equipment from flooding while opening waterfront access to the public. The project celebrates novel waste to energy technology by allowing transparency into the complex machinery for the public to witness as a spectacle of curiosity. Not only does the project include educational programs for students and the community to visit and tour, but an extensive greenhouse anchors the project to Queens where the WTE excess pressurized steam and water are used for the seasonal vegetation. The project also includes a restaurant that wraps the basin’s edge where the produce from the greenhouse is used.