THE PROMPT: To reimagine the existing Liberty State Park Administrative Complex in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ by proposing a design that not only considers the needs of people, but of the environment, flora, and fauna.
The first part of the project name, "To", is a reference to the project's consideration of today and tomorrow and as a whole, how a structure originally designed for humans can be returned "to" nature, or flora ("flo") and fauna ("fau").
The project is meant to critique the modernist architectural approach of the past, which is defined in this project as an architectural style that doesn't carefully consider all the stakeholders of a site. It does that by contrasting and eventually replacing the modernist approach with a more contemporary architectural style that does carefully consider nature and the environment.
The program in 2020 is centered around learning about human impact on the environment, with a museum that can not only inform visitors about architecture's relationship to the environment but also how the effect that humans as a whole have, has changed over time. The lab has a similar intended goal of delving into research regarding human interaction with the natural environment. However, in the future, the structure will become more "sculptural" and will be mainly used by flora and fauna.