After Hurricane Sandy, we looked at neighborhoods near to school where we could take what had happened and integrate it into our Curriculum. We looked at the neighborhood of Redhook, in Brooklyn. It was a thriving port before container shipping was introduced, and was just starting to see revival before Hurricane Sandy with major retailer established in the neighborhood.
The students spent the entire semester researching four sites, along with acceptable design in a floodzone. They each chose one of the sites, and selected a building type that would work in this area of Redhook. From there the students developed their building along with the sitework, materials, and structure. Here are a few of their projects: