School of Architecture, Graduate Architecture

Student: Brett Rappaport
Faculty: Alex Barker, Mor Segal

In the studio ‘Urban Infrastructure in the Anthropocene: Aqua-Culture Shed’ we investigate the ‘man-made natural’ and anamorphic illusion in a proposal to rejuvenate the Red Hook Brooklyn Grain Terminal with a synergistic program of brewing, baking, oyster and algae aquaculture. The entry threshold is thickened, the line between interior and exterior blurry, as visitors experience a vast hall filled with cut silos, subnature, and overgrown with greenery both cultivated and wild.

West side of Biofuelery. Gowanus, Brooklyn in background. Oyster aquaculture & marsh in foreground. At this EPA Brownfield site, oysters are extraordinary for their ability to filter 50 gallons of water per day as well as their calcified shells absorbing metals such as copper, a common automotive ingredient in stormwater runoff.

 

Sims Recycling Center in background. Anamorphic illusion creates sense of large, 3D indention. Close-up inspection reveals a painted 2D image.
Programmatic section diagrams show the majority of space dedicated to growing plants, oysters or algae in extensive unconditioned space.
Reorigination of silos by cutting and pushing to create circulation, planter space, and platforms for viewing, brewing & baking.
Brewing proceeds with help of gravity, beginning at top with refurbished grain elevator & ending near ground level, served to patrons.
Spent wet grain, still rich in protein, fiber & nutrients, used for baking & fertilizer. Compost pile heat used for brewing process.