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Carolyn Brown

Carolyn Brown

Brighton, MA, US

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MIGRATION MUSEUM

The area around the Riachuelo River in Buenos Aires, Argentina is a forgotten site. The river today is polluted and used as an open sewer. To give life and importance back to the Riachuelo, a Museum and Center for Migration Studies is proposed as well as a design for the public space along the river.

 
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Status: School Project
Location: La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 
To activate the river, a path is defined using walls made of a perforated red metal containing punched out windows, which defines a path while still allowing views to the city and the river. The perforated metal walls are also used as a structure for plants and vines to grow on. The material and color, metal and red, reference the industrial red metal bridge adjacent to the site and the bright colors of La Caminito, a street, located down the river in La Boca. This same material was then used...
To activate the river, a path is defined using walls made of a perforated red metal containing punched out windows, which defines a path while still allowing views to the city and the river. The perforated metal walls are also used as a structure for plants and vines to grow on. The material and color, metal and red, reference the industrial red metal bridge adjacent to the site and the bright colors of La Caminito, a street, located down the river in La Boca. This same material was then used with in the design of the Museum and Center for Migration Studies as a way to connect the exterior with the interior, linking the projects.
The Museum and Center for migration Studies project is a journey. The building is a system of confusing movements and directions, similar to the movement and processes of migration. The entrance of the building is from underneath the building through an open plaza. The building is a system of openings in the floor plains, which are first experienced on the ground level plaza. In the plaza there are several pools of water which correspond to these openings above. The building is to be...
The Museum and Center for migration Studies project is a journey. The building is a system of confusing movements and directions, similar to the movement and processes of migration. The entrance of the building is from underneath the building through an open plaza. The building is a system of openings in the floor plains, which are first experienced on the ground level plaza. In the plaza there are several pools of water which correspond to these openings above. The building is to be experienced through these openings giving you views above to the future and back to the past. The column structure is placed with in the system of openings. Between the columns there is the red perforated metal material that creates a wall. This addition of the red metal wall between the columns creates and defines spaces. The wall also acts as a “water wall.”Water flows down the walls like a waterfall, terminating at the pools in the ground level plaza. The movement of water throughout the building not only represents migration by water, but also acts as a way to cool and dehumidify the building.

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