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Congratulations to Rice Architecture students Susan George, Yulong Li, Neha Sahai, and Evan Yoon, the winning team of the 2019 Fossi Prize, from Albert Pope’s 602 studio “Floodplain Reclamation.” The Margaret Everson-Fossi Traveling Fellowship is awarded to a fifth years or graduate students on the basis of the best design project for the options studios during the academic year.
In 2017, Hurricane Harvey devastated the neighborhood of Kashmere Gardens, essentially acting as a de facto detention basin at a costly sacrifice to its residents. Drastic action is needed not only to prevent future flooding but to restore human dignity and the ability for the neighborhood to prosper.
In-depth analysis proves that crucial elements of the existing site are preserved and bolstered for future rehabilitation and growth. Homestead Road is maintained as the central commercial corridor structuring and connecting the two neighborhoods. This vertical division, along with the highway and bayou flip, transform into the two axes that divide the site into four quadrants. Two of these quadrants become nature oriented and the other two are urban oriented. The southern and the northern halves would each have a nature and urban-biased quadrant, with the highway-bayou flip allowing the quadrants to be mirrored diagonally. As the bayou and freeway moves from one neighborhood to the other, the central edge of each quadrant becomes active public zones through their freeway-facing urban programs or their natural park basins. The existing basins of the site, Hutcheson Park and Homestead Basin, are enlarged to meet the needs for future flooding events. In the southern quadrants of Kashmere Garden (where the flooding issue is most prevalent) berming the built zones will elevate the residential and urban neighborhoods out of the floodplain. #ricearchitecture #riceuniversity #rajws19 #fossiprize #architectureschool #albertpope #soarch #critday #imadethat #architectureape #nextarch #superarchitects #thebna #architecturaldrawing #rendering #architecturalrendering #floodplainreclamation