Emily Ashby, Architecture, parametric, design, harvard, gsd, housing

Parasitic Hydrology

An analysis of Lynchburg began through the eyes of a relevant character, the “parasite,” most translatable in our society to a child, dependent in every way. Through this lens, I observed a city devoid of connection to the James River. Crime-ridden streets inhibit safe play. What do children look for? find? want? How can cities engage environmental issues with a child-like playfulness?

Three main themes emerged from a study of children: water, variation of enclosures, and textural and visual interest.

Emily Ashby, UVA, Architecture, parametrics, design, university of virginia, sustainable, grasshopper, lynchburg Crime Map of Lynchburg 2020_Emily + Katherine_Crime Mesh   Roof Runoff Strategy 2020_Emily + Katherine_Page_waterflow

In a symbiotic rather than destructive fashion, I propose a light scaffold network in a variety of permutations that directs roof runoff to a planted water channel. This channel of water “seams” a disjointed city, bringing interest to the street and connecting the inhabitants to the James River.

 

Emily Ashby, UVA, Architecture, parametrics, design, university of virginia, sustainable, grasshopper, lynchburg

Faceted roof landscapes fold to facades in a hydrological spectacle connect citizens to the James. The roofs affects interior and exterior urban life by adding an intentional layer of natural surveillance specifically in areas of high crime.

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The roof landscape  is realized in a variety of permutations. Sometimes the existing roof is unchanged, and the intervention is a light canopy, making the roof a covered park or recreation area. In other areas, the roof  replaces the former roof and becomes an inhabitable landscape on top,  becoming a perfect venue for concerts, galleries, or star-gazing. This full replacement affects the interior, and I propose the upper floors of  the downtown be transformed to mixed use residential housing.

project partner: Katherine Lai

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