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12/20/2015

WASSERGEIST // Bridgeport South End Development

Nicolas Kemper, Anne Ma (website)
Yale School of Architecture
Arch 1022b Architectural Design
Faculty: Alan Plattus (website)
2015  

 

WASSERGEIST reclaims Bridgeport’s tradition of encouraging an intimate relationship with the water. We begin by identifying three types of water: Ocean, Rain and Sewage. As Bridgeport has adequate capacity in its two Activated Sludge Treatment Facilities to handle both its own sewage and that of 9,000 Trumbull households, we focus on the first two types.

We address the threat of storm surges presented by the ocean by proposing a berm high enough (20 feet) to protect the South End from a 100 year flood surge. We then encourage activity on and along the ocean by punctuating the berm with three piers. The berms in turn wrap a series of bank side reservoirs – lakes elevated above ground level. These lakes mitigate and then capitalize upon Connecticut’s abundance of rain water.

Depending on where it falls, we see different kinds of rain water: that of the mountains (clean, comes through rivers) and that of urban areas (dirty, comes through storm sewers). Using canals running down Broad and Park as well as pumps, we bring the different kinds of water into different lakes which in turn treat, clean and use the water (see chart for breakdown). The 220 million gallons of lakes do not just provide the water storage capacity the South End needs for flooding (such as the 19.5 million gallon sewer overflow it experienced in the aftermath of Sandy), but through different kinds of lakes treats, cleans, and ultimately celebrates this under-appreciated resource of Bridgeport’s.

Connecticut is an extraordinarily wet state. Aquarion produces 15-20% more water than its customers consume. Connecticut does not even drill its aquifers. WASSERGEIST celebrates this abundance, and then leverages it into a new kind of urban development.

Overview Aerial of proposal

Overview Aerial of proposal

Plan of the masterplan -- a new spine for the University of Bridgeport and South End, lined by the Sapphire Lakes, new campus buildings as well as extensions of Bridgeport new corridors -- Broad St & Linden Ave.

Plan of the masterplan — a new spine for the University of Bridgeport and South End, lined by the Sapphire Lakes, new campus buildings as well as extensions of Bridgeport new corridors — Broad St & Linden Ave.

 Long section cutting through a tower type campus building through a lake and down seaside park with the Wasser Dock in the distance

Long section cutting through a tower type campus building through a lake and down seaside park with the Wasser Dock in the distance

View down Linden Ave. of the new Student Centre anchor and recreational Lake Plattus

View down Linden Ave. of the new Student Centre anchor and recreational Lake Plattus

View down Broad St. towards the Wasser Dock and a lively recreational Lake Plattus

View down Broad St. towards the Wasser Dock and a lively recreational Lake Plattus

Life at the end of the pipe for Water in Bridgeport. A flowchart of what happens to three types of water and their integration into our system

Life at the end of the pipe for Water in Bridgeport. A flowchart of what happens to three types of water and their integration into our system

Overview of the proposal with significant facts in support of the Water flowchart

Overview of the proposal with significant facts in support of the Water flowchart

Berm strategies and development ideas along the proposed lake berms

Berm strategies and development ideas along the proposed lake berms

Proposed building typologies for the University of Bridgeport as integration into the main berm and water system

Proposed building typologies for the University of Bridgeport as integration into the main berm and water system

Preserving Seaside Park and wrapping it with the Wassergeist Berm proposal

Preserving Seaside Park and wrapping it with the Wassergeist Berm proposal

Site Conceptual Model

Site Conceptual Model

Detail Model - close up of the battleship museum dock

Detail Model – close up of the battleship museum dock

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Detail Model - View of Lake Plattus and Campus buildings

Detail Model – View of Lake Plattus and Campus buildings

All the systems culminate at the Wasser Dock

All the systems culminate at the Wasser Dock

Sectional Detail of the Dock

Sectional Detail of the Dock

The Wasser Dock

The Wasser Dock

 

 

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