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CONNECTIVE TISSUE

Location: New York City, U.S.A. 

Type: Concept

Team: Marcos Escamilla-Guerrero

           Ronishka Sabu Nalpathil

            Yumin Zhang 

            Dezhong Deng

Status: Idea

Year: 2023

In today’s world, there exists a dichotomy so noticeable between man and nature that thesuperimposition of the two reals seems completely out of the realm of possibility. Man, andnature exist in contrast to one another, as opposing forces, so distinct that a unison of the two worlds seems impossible. But in nature’s workings, you begin to notice certain nuances, attempts to get closer to mankind, to restore, to reconnect with mankind- to become one with it. In nature’s need to connect with us, it begins to build restorative systems to allow for a unison to form. But the exploitation of nature and its resources runs so rampant that nature simply cannot keep up. In nature’s despair, the Brooklyn Bridge has been known since its conception to be a connector- of people, places and experience. Today, the Brooklyn Bridge will unite man and nature, once and for all.

"Resilient design in advance"

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The northward shift of climate refers to the trend of changing climate patterns moving towards higher latitudes or closer to the Earth’s poles. It is driven by global warming caused by in­creased greenhouse gas emissions. The accumulation of greenhouse gases traps heat, lead­ing to temperature and precipitation changes.

The shift in climate towards the north has significant implications. Higher latitudes experience more pronounced temperature increases, affecting ecosystems and wildlife. Precipitation pat­terns also change, leading to alterations in water availability and agricultural productivity. Species may be forced to migrate, disrupting ecosystems and species interactions.

The northward shift of climate is connected to the rise of sea levels. Global warming leads to melting of land-based ice and thermal expansion of seawater, contributing to higher sea lev­els. The warming of polar regions accelerates ice melt from Greenland and Antarctica, further raising sea levels. This poses risks such as coastal erosion, flooding, and saltwater intrusion into freshwater sources.

These impacts highlight the importance of addressing climate change. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is crucial to mitigate the northward shift of climate and the associated rise in sea levels. Protecting vulnerable regions and ecosystems requires concerted efforts to combat global warming and its consequences.

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TERRESTRIAL

AQUATIC

VEGETATION

TECHNOLOGY

HUMANS

C

A: Map showing the areas inside U.S. that have experienced a shift of climate since 1990.

 

B: Cartography identifing the future impacted areas by the rise of sea levels.

C: Recategorization and hierarchy of our current understanding of the relationship between human kind and the natural environment. Where humans must be the “tip” of the pyramid.

"Sea level rise is inevitable"

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BOSTON

NEW YORK

WASHINGTON DC

ATLANTA

ORLANDO

MIAMI

HOUSTON

NEW ORLEANS

BROOKLYN BRIDGE

Cities along the East Coast of the United States have become important migration routes for animals as the climate shifts northward. Urban areas, inside cities like New York, New Orleans and Boston, provide pathways and resources for species seeking new habitats due to chang­ing environmental conditions. The cities offer a mix of natural and artificial habitats, including parks and green spaces, which mimic original habitats and support diverse wildlife. These cities act as interconnected hubs, allowing animals to find food, shelter, and breeding grounds as they adapt to the changing climate. Green spaces and parks serve as stepping stones for resting and refueling during the migration journey.

 

Efforts to preserve and expand these areas are made to maintain ecological connectivity along the coast. Citizen science initiatives and community engagement raise awareness about the needs of migrating animals. The interaction between cities and wildlife is a complex pro­cess that requires valuing urban areas for supporting biodiversity. Recognizing the role of cities in wildlife conservation promotes a harmonious coexistence between human development and nature in the face of climate change.

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The Brooklyn Bridge, an iconic landmark in New York City, holds historical and cultural
significance. Completed in 1883, it transformed transportation between Manhattan and Brooklyn, fostering economic and social integration. Its neo-Gothic design and suspension cables have made it a globally recognized symbol of human achievement and resilience. Today, the bridge remains a crucial transportation route, attracting tourists with its stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. It also serves as a venue for cultural events, embodying unity and civic pride. In summary, the Brooklyn Bridge represents the spirit of New York City, connecting boroughs and inspiring awe with its historical importance, cultural impact, and enduring beauty.

 

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Wild Animals 

Coral Reef Generation

Solar Energy

Aquaculture

Carbon Capture

Hydroponics

1. Main driver - The principal function of the new bridge is to provide an ecosystem suitable for all kind of animals where human intervention is minimal.

 

2. Natural Landscape - The upper level of the bridge is intended to be an extension of an ecosystem that hosts all kind of species, both animal and plant.

 

3. Technology integration - The project considers an integration of different technologies to use them in favor of nature. As it harvest renewable energy sources and captures carbon from the environment, it also as­pires to become a productive infrastructure that can help in the food scarcity crisis of nowadays.

 

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Exploded axonometric proposed green network.

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1883

2023

2100

Proposed section of the Brooklyn Bridge as a piece of infrastructure that supports wildlife and serves as a contract for nature sprawl. (2100)

 

"Holistic resilient design"

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The bridge as a natural landscape and canvas to host wildlife.

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Harvesting of renewable energy sources. Innovative solar panels shown.

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Hydroponics and aquaponics can be hosted in the middle deck of the bridge, taking advantage of the raised sea levels.

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Carbon capture can be done in different ways, the bridge will be able to substract it from air and water.

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The bridge serves as a safe contained environment for animals and wildlife of all kinds. Microclimates can be controled to favor the sprawl of biodiversity.

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Proposed geometry and materials will enhance the growth of coral reef once the bridge is completly covered by water.

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