Within the floodplain on the north of the Susquehanna River, the Village of Owego suffered long-term confinement and economic stagnation from the deteriorating flood situation. This project proposes a Cohabitation & Adaptation model that actively invites wildness into the urban space via a linear forested connection between FEMA buyouts. Considering forest as a part of urban infrastructure, its performances involve three key aspects: 1) Carbon sequestration, 2) Runoff mitigation, and 3) Habitat. This iteration of “urban succession” involves four stages - Stand initiation, Stem exclusion, Understory reinitiation, and the Dynamic-steady state – which reinforces the resiliency of outdoor living in the cycle of emergency and normalcy in a tree’s time.
Chen Chen, MLA ’22
LA 6020 Integrating Theory and Practice II
Jamie Vanucchi, Faculty Advisor