Edge Conditions: Discovery Park Field Lab


We hope you enjoyed, and are enjoying, your holiday breaks!  As we are back at it again after a little holiday cheer here at F+.  Today we are bringing you several projects from a studio done at the University of Washington.  Having personally visited their Rome Studio we know what this school’s students can bring to the table, such as this investigation into creating field labs in relation into their ecological edge.  Check it out after the jump!

SCHOOL: University of Washington
STUDENTS: Angela Yang, Sean McNally, Di Meng, Ole Johnson, Evan Schmidt
PROFESSOR: Elizabeth Golden
COURSE: Undergradate Design I Studio – Intention + Site + Structure
YEAR: 2011

“Each of the three field labs will host student groups year-around. Each will accommodate all-day visits for groups of up to 16 students, and weeklong activity support for up to 8 students at a time. While all three field labs will broadly support natural history field investigations, each will also support a special set of investigations particular to their location at a critical ecotone: an ecological edge between two biotic communities.

EARTH forest | meadow
Field lab 1
This field lab will support the observation and study of the flora and fauna living at or near the ecotone of the forest and meadow. Along this edge, students will observe the activities of overwintering winged visitors and summer migrants, as well as nesting residents. Burrowing meadow creatures and tree inhabiting mammals travel between these two biomes in search of both food and refuge. Deer, fox, raccoon, possum and many others pass through or reside here. This lab will also specialize in examination of the soil and the life below the surface.

SKY meadow | bluff
Field lab 2
This field lab will support the observation and study of both the weather and of migratory birds and cetaceans. A critical migration stop and habitat for some 250 species, Discovery Park is one of the few tracts of wild lands left in Seattle. At regular intervals during the year, this field lab will serve as an observatory of winged migration. From here whales will be tracked on their journey through the Sound. Meteorological activity will be continually monitored and observed from this promontory at land’s end.

SEA beach | sea
Field lab 3
This field lab will support the observation and study of life at the water’s edge. Shore birds, marine mammals, ocean and beach flora and fauna will all be subject to investigation. Life residing in and within the water, from fish to microscopic organisms, will be studied to promote a better understanding of sea life and to monitor the health of the Puget Sound.

Each field lab will support their particular mission with absolute respect for the health and integrity of the land. These new structures will touch the earth lightly, imposing minimal environmental impact, while also providing camping-level support for field study. The enclosed spaces will be unheated and naturally ventilated; they will shelter students from rain and wind, while retaining a strong indoor-outdoor connection. These structures will facilitate field investigations by providing a beautiful, comfortable, and functional built environment and promote a close connection between people and nature.”

All Text and Images via archive100.org

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