Amanda Gann

Amanda Gann

Washington, D.C.


Traces and Trajectories: inhabiting the para-industrial landscape

Honorable Mention in Tau Sigma Delta Bronze Medal Juried Competition

Featured in the Art+Architecture Honors Exhibition

Traces and Trajectories: inhabiting the para-industrial landscape seeks to discovered the opportunties within the wreckage of the machined landscape. After over a century of use of the waterfront of cities as a dumping ground for raw materials and inefficient transfer of goods, this project looks to solutions for co-habitation with the process of industry. Starting from research on the impacts of the Industry, the research led me to the Great Lakes region where not only are there hundreds of cities impacted by the flight of industry but also that surround one of our largest "fresh" bodies of water, The Great Lakes. The project looked to the history of industrial environmental degredation which led me to choose Cleveland, Ohio as the study area due to the 1969 fire on the mouth of the Cuyahoga River where 90' piles of iron ore, taconite pellets, were stored without containment, allowing chemicals to leach into the soils and Lake Erie. As an architectural and urban planning exercise, I sought to connect the currently unplanned area to the greater metropolitan area through a system of light rail which connected to a pedestrian decking system. The project was concieved as a phased masterplanning project where buildings were implemented as the site became more occupyable through remediation techniques. The selection of Quaking Aspens, Hybrid Poplars, wetland grasses, sunflowers and small hyperaccumulators provided a greenspace which would also extract the pollutants from the soil, cleansing the water and allowing for people to inhabit this once off-limits area.


See pages 39-49 for more information.

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Status: School Project
Location: Cleveland, OH, US
My Role: Designer
Additional Credits: Special thanks to Tricia Stuth who made this thesis possible with her incredible guidance.