title | urban archipelago
studio | a water project - columbia gsapp ny/paris 2013
critic | alessandra cianchetta
This project was for the redevelopment and rethinking of an underutilized reservoir of non-potable water in a high-end, residential neighborhood of central Paris. The project began with an analysis and mapping of Paris at micro and macro scales, which resulted in an understanding of the city as a growing collection of isolated and distinct islands, each with individual merits and challenges. The result was an architectural masterplan that borrows the form of some of the "islands" studied in the mapping phase to create a mixed-use development, centered around a public library. An archipelago rises from the water housed in the reservoir, which is embraced along with the divide it causes and the exceptional quality of space that can result from clearly defining, dividing, and densifying.