suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
aaron BERMAN: New York City has over 500 miles of shoreline waterfront. Recently however, urban neighborhoods, residents, visitors, commerce, and industry have been disconnected from it. The Red Hook Water Research Incubator aims to reverse that disconnect, while revitalizing the Brooklyn Waterfront as a productive edge for both research and recreation.
The Red Hook Water Research Incubator entices potential occupants by providing the highest level of variance in water testing conditions, with the least amount of hydrological impact. By studying variables such as water depth, transparency, salinity, turbulence, and public and private programmatic zones, a potential company can pick out the specific testing pool that best suites their particular research field, and ‘plug’ in. Due to the ephemeral and temporal nature of the research ‘incubator’ program, the labs are designed as modular units with maximum variability.
Additionally, located just south of the Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Research pier is seen as an extension of the popular pedestrian promenade, folding the public program into the water. Through a series of layering and adjacency studies, public program is laid out onto the pier based on the specific relationships to the research zones. Water Research zones include, but are not limited to, aquaponics, hydroponics, desalination, hydroelectric power, and fish farming.
Further, with the extended park acting as a raised defensive edge, the urban fabric is allowed to bleed farther towards the water and research park, without fear of future inundation.
(This project was selected as a finalist in the AECOM UrbanSOS: Water competition 2011, and was part of an exhibition at the New London Architecture Museum).
sP: What or who influenced this project?
aB: A major influence of this project was Marc Tsurumaki and the work of LTL Architects.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
aB: Carlos Zapata Studio, Morphosis, LTL Architects, Smith Miller Hawkinson.
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For more information about the Red Hook Research Incubator or other projects by Aaron Berman, visit [HERE].