After a long semester of work, I’ve produced a lot of diagrams and drawings. I am in the process of writing and editing my thesis book for publication and distribution.
Right now however, I can treat you to the final plan diagrams which describe my design for an intervention in Cutler, Maine. The first diagram is the program map of the new section of town, which has both landside access and waterfront access, as well as access to the existing town by an extension of Route 101. Program Diagram. The general layout is based on the design of the aquaculture facility as a series of long buildings which get larger as the the fish growing in them grow and are transplanted to larger tanks. lifecycle. As objects in the urban fabric, I designed these buildings as reflections of the piers which acted as the built presence of the commercial fishing industry.
The reflected land piers signify the transition from fishing to aquaculture as a move away from the ocean, and looking to land-based resources to repair the damage that overfishing has done in the Gulf. The intervention is designed to operate in a sustainable manner in terms of resources consumption, with passive natural systems cleaning the water that has passed through the cod farm. Water Cycle. The town design also can take advantage of its location to use tidal power generation to provide all of the energy needed for the cod farm and the existing town. Active systems.
Within the buildings, the tanks are arrayed in a hexagonal pattern allowing close packing, which saves space and systems resources like plumbing and wiring. These plans and sections show the largest aquaculture building which houses the tanks for fry just about to be expelled into the net pens in the harbor. At either end of the main room are systems rooms, aquaculture systems (pumps, purification, feed, etc.) are at the landward side because it is uphill, so gravity can assist distribution. Building systems, electricity, ventilation, etc. are on the seaward side.
The buildings are designed to reduce the need for active conditioning and to maintain a comfortable environment for both human and fish year round. The roof shades the building to reduce solar heat gain close to the tanks, which must remain cold year round. Cooling is helped by passive ventilation made possible by the long, thin shape of the building which allows air to pass through low on the side facing the ocean, and high on the town-side.
On a non technical note, this is what it would be like to be inside one of these buildings:
As explained in the water cycle diagram (Water Cycle), the common park area of the intervention is also a natural water processing system which combines water purification with a way of experiencing different areas of Maine’s coastline, the marsh, the estuary, and the tide pools. These images show the relationship of buildings and people to this park space:
And finally the relationship of the intervention to the existing town:
Stay tuned for when I eventually finish writing my thesis book. I will try to upload a web-friendly version to this site or issuu.com