The project is to give downtown Ithaca a new identity by introducing a series of ecosystem services in several potential spots along Cascadilla Creek and put the Thompson Park site as the first approach of the system. Our site focuses on stormwater management, diversity of human experience, and educational purposes. The site plan forms by curved waterway, multi-purpose ponds, and rain gardens adjacent to driveways or buildings while preserving valuable trees on site.
The design was developed at different layers on a limited site.
Water: Back water slough and over flow side channel perform as mitigation strategies during flood seasons. The side channel will be flooded in a 25-year flood event. The slough also provides aquatic habitat. The small pond collects and restores stormwater on site.
Bioswale/Rain garden: They capture the stormwater runoff from the impervious surfaces in the site, reduce pressure of urban drainage system. The bioswale and water treatment system both provide education for students.
Path: The paths enhance connectivity across the Cascadilla Creek between residential areas and commercial areas. The paths will run between different layers and provide diverse experience for people.
Canopy Structure: The canopy structure is a new identity in urban area. It provides shelter for human and habitat inhabitants. The structure may also function as rainwater filtration facility and have opportunity for vertical vegetation.
Status: School Project
Location: Ithaca, NY, US
My Role: concept developing, GIS mapping/master plan rendering/sections/physical models/perspective views/ecosystem services measurement
Additional Credits: Yixi Shen