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The Precipice Museum
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came what you are now. That’s where we are. You say we’re on the brink of
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change. Only at the precipice do we evolve. This is our moment.”
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Earth is in crisis.
In recent years, there has been an upsurge in severe weather,
loss of natural energy sources, and concern over an imminent climate shift. It is
up to humanity to educate itself about earth’s natural resources. The popula-
tion must learn how to use these to fuel and infuse our lives in order to purify our
activities and our world. It is essential to create a site to combine elemental
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throughout the world.
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World primary energy consumption Global oil consumption grew by 1.1% in
increased by 2.4% in 2007. 2007.
The average person in the United States
Roughly 70 percent of an adult’s body is
made up of water. 70% 100 uses anywhere from 80-100 gallons of
water per day. Flushing the toilet actually
takes up the largest amount of this water.
Solar electricity generating capacity has
Geothermal, wind and solar electricity
generation combined, accounts for approxi-
mately 1.5% of global electricity generation. 1.5% on average nearly doubled every two
years since 1996.
The daily requirement for sanitation, bathing,
and cooking needs, as well as for assuring
survival, is about 13.2 gallons per person. 13.2 3,575 3.575 million people die each year from
U.S. gas consumption increased 6.5% in 2007. The growth in global wind power gener-
The US accounted for the largest
incremental growth in the world in both 6.5% 26.5% ating capacity accelerated to 26.5% in
2007, with cumulative capacity reaching
94 GW at the end of last year.
consumption and production.
Somewhere between 70 and 75 percent of The total amount of water on the earth is
the earth’s surface is covered with water about 326 million cubic miles of water.
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ing a cleaner world. A building set to create a new mindset within each of us is needed.
This outlook will lead to a time where man uses natural elements to create energy and
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energy components that correlate to those elements. Each of these will be displayed in the
museum, discussing how they effect humanity through interaction, sports, life, and energy.
P ROJECT F OCUS Taking a closer look at the elements, we can see how
the elements can translate to energy. After converting the elements, it’s clear that our most im-
portant element is water. Without it, we cannot survive. This
Element Conversion simple fact presses the major focus of this museum toward
water, how important the element is to our survival, and how
this element relates and reacts to the other elements. Water
is the base of life which will help us build a new horizon for life. INTERACTION
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combination of natural energy sources,
we will form the new horizon of man.
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Freshwater lakes, most notably
Lake Baikal in Russia and the Great
Lakes in North America, contain
Of this three percent, about two- seven-eighths of this
thirds of this is frozen in glaciers fresh surface water. Swamps have
and polar ice caps. Most most of the balance with only a
of the rest is underground and only small amount in rivers, most nota-
bly the Amazon River.
0.3 % is surface water.
Of all the water on Earth, only
three percent of it is
freshwater in nature.
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“Chicago society loves beautiful things; it is
stirred by noble sentiments and pursues its
moral perfection . . .
In a word, it is rising.”
Baron Pierre de Coubertin
Founder of the modern Olympic Movement
“Chicago is a great city today because
we’ve had leaders of vision. But vision alone is
In Chicago, we don’t just dream.
Richard M. Daley
Mayor of Chicago
The site for the museum rests on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Chicago showcases plenty of public green areas along its’
shoreline, keeping the water open for everyone’s use and
placing elements of education and fun on the shore, like
Navy Pier (a collection of shops and entertainment activities)
and the main museum campus. Known for its’ dedication to
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garden) and independent signature of the Kyoto Protocol
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the right location for the museum.
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There are many important points of interest within the city limits of downtown Chicago.
CONNECTION NAVY PIER These points include: Navy Pier, Millenium Park, Soldier Field (home of the Chicago Bears),
the Filed Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium,Universtiy of Illinois Chicago Campus,
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John Hancock Center, the Aon Center, ATT Corporate Center, Trump International Hotel
and Tower, and, the Sears Tower, which stands as the tallest builidng in the US and seventh
tallest building in the world.
Being a water museum, the site should be on the shore of Lake Michi-
CITY PLANNER DANIEL H. BURNHAM’S “PLAN OF CHI-
CAGO” CALLS FOR THE CREATION OF NORTHERLY ISLAND,
gan. Chicago hosts a reknown museum campus, home to the Adler
THE NORTHERNMOST OF FIVE ISLANDS STRETCHING FROM
Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, and Field Museum. Having a set area
for the education of Chicago, it seemed natural to look to place the GRANT PARK TO 51ST STREET, TO BE USED FOR WATER
new museum close by. After study of the region, I found that the
man-made island is currently vacant open land. As a focal point in 1922-25
the proposed development for the 2016 Olympic bid, it was clear THE ISLAND IS BUILT UNDER A LAKEFRONT IMPROVEMENT
that the site was seeking a project to rejuvinate the area. It’s location PLAN.
and history made Northerly Island the right site for this new project.
NORTHERLY ISLAND IS THE SITE OF A BOTANICAL EXHIBIT
FOR THE CENTURY OF PROGRESS WORLD’S FAIR.
WATER FILTRATION PLANT 1935
LOCAL PUBLISHER MERRILL C. MEIGS RECOMMENDS TURN-
ING THE ISLAND INTO AN AIRPORT; ILLINOIS AND CHIAGO
NAVY PIER GIVE AUTHORIZATION.
CHICAGO SPIRE (UNDER 1948
CONSTRUCTION) NORTHERLY ISLAND AIRPORT OPENS. IT IS RENAMED
MEIGS FIELD A YEAR LATER.
MILLENIUM PARK MAYOR RICHARD J. DALEY UNOFFICIALLY PROPOSES TURN-
ING MEIGS INTO A LAKEFRONT PARK.
GRANT PARK 1996
RICHARD M. DALEY AND THE CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT
ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR THE PARK.
ILLINOIS AND DALEY CUT A NEW DEAL TO REVAMP O’HARE
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHILE ALLOWING MEIGS TO RE-
MUSEUM CAMPUS MAIN OPEN UNTIL 2006.
SHEDD AQUARIUM 2003
FIELD MUSEUM CITYWORKERS TEAR APART MEIGS RUNWAY IN THE MIDDLE
OF THE NIGHT.
CHARTER ONE PAVILLION 2005
SOLDIER FIELD NORTHERLY ISLAND IS AN OPEN PARKLAND WITH A
WILDLIFE BIRD SANCTUARY.
NORTHERLY ISLAND CHARTER ONE PAVILLION, A TEMPORARY CONCERT
VENUE, HOSTS SUMMER EVENTS.
MCCORMICK PLACE NORTHERLY ISLAND IS PART OF PROPOSED
DEVELOPMENT FOR 2016 OLYMPIC BID.
E Solidarity Dr
E McFetridge Dr
Lake Shore Drive
S Museum Campus Drive
E Waldron Dr
E 18th Dr 12TH STREET BEACH
CHARTER ONE PAVILLION
SITE APPROACH SOLDIER FIELD
SITE CLIMATE MIXED USE
Being the “Windy
wind was exam-
Entertainment ined. This diagram
Mixed Use shows the direc-
Residential LAND USE tion and intensity
Little Italy that the wind will
Chinatown come across the
Subway site. The strongest
Train winds come from
Major Road the southwest.
The site and cli-
mate were the
SUBWAY Land use, subway
and major road-
way routes, and
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the best place-
ment for a new
The direction of
the sun must also
be examined to
discover how it will
effect the site .
Each of these dia-
grams was used to
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placement on the
site for the environ-
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FIGURE GROUND musuem.
“In order to succeed we must fail, so that you
know what to do
the next time.”
Anthony J. D’Angelo
“Nothing will be attempted
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housing an atypical program consisting of extensive research and innovative energy
collection and production techniques for the elements.
GALLERY OFFICE SHOP SYSTEMS RESEARCH GREEN
Horizon - Exhibition Info Desk Gift Shop Restroom Labs
Fire - Solar Director Off. Cafe Storage Treatment
Earth - Geothermal $VVW 2IÀFH Mech/Elec Library
Air - Wind Staff Lounge
Water - Tidal Conference
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TOTAL SQUARE FOOTAGE = 234,100
ARRANGEMENT OF SITE ACTIVITIES
STACKING OF FUNCTION The entire site must be developed and programed. Setting nodes at various points across
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PROGRAM CIRCULATION end to the other while experiencing different aspects at each node.
For circulation, I want the project to have one main entry/exit point, allowing users to circulate
through the gallery spaces one at a time before ending at the point where they entered.
BREAKING TUNNEL SLICED
CONCEPT GENERATION Different conceptual forms on how to
approach the project, the site, and the THROUGH LEARNING SITE
program spaces were generated. These
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to address the building and site; island,
dig in, build up, combination. Each
design was explored through site, sec-
tion, and model. What follows is the ex-
ploration through these forms.
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PROGRAM LAKE AWAY
ISLAND TWISTED SPLITING FOLDING
TOWER SITE SITE ENDS
Acting as a drop of wa-
ter, the main building is The building sits at the base
a tower above the site, of the island, ceating a des-
while the smaller gallery tination point forcing people
across the length of the site.
spaces ripple out into
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Pro: Tower stands out making a beacon in the
Con: Spaces too water.
spread out in “ripple” 3UR )UHHÁRZLQJ IRUP SUR-
effect motes organic quality
Con: Too far set into island
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All program spaces
are located within
the ground, with site
weaving up, over,
and through the
building, fusing earth
Pro: Integration with
Con: Not enough of
LIFTED EDENover the program, creating a glowing box from within the ground.
The ground comes
Pro: Integration with site
Con: Need more of a statement
Solution: Lift above the site
The roof becomes an extensive green
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on the transparent building. The steel
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plored to make the exterior plates.
The structure was concieved to
be a steel modular system. This
would allow the construction of
the project to be more simple
and the production of the frame
work would result in less waste,
as one mold could make mul-
tiple parts of the entire building.
These diagrams, made at dif-
ferent phases of the design pro-
cess, demonstrate the layers of
the building, including the exte-
rior meshing, the roof, the steel
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The meshing wall is set away
from the exterior curtain
wall system. This allows
for a natural air
The interior spaces are
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people from one end to the
other to see each other.
The entry is transparent, al-
lowing those outside and
inside to see each other
and to see the amount
of activity going on.
Throughout project devel-
opment, the building sec-
tion has evolved. Struc-
ture became a driving
force of the exterior form.
Progression across the island is im-
portant to the success of the project.
Different paths and layouts of island
activity were explored.
The museum rises above the landscape.
The interior environments have gone
through massive development as
well. Each element was considered
unique and many studies were con-
ducted on an apporopriate way to
showcase them. Materials, displays
and method of progression were al
considered and changed time and
time again. Materialization and
Space Study. Each ele-
ment is seperated and
each has a unique ma-
terial choice and spatial
Interior environments were explored
through use of material and color.
Each space will evoke a different feeling.
While all elements were under consider-
ation, water quickly became the focus of
the project. This element seems to be the
base of all life, becoming the most impor-
tant, underlying element. For this reason,
a focal waterfeature was envisioned to
provide the visual and emotional link to
the most precious element.
Each element offers
views to the infamous
skyline of Chicago.
“Make no little plans.
They have no magic to stir men’s
blood and themselves will probably
not be realized...
...Make big plans; aim high in hope.”
Architect, Civic Planner
Forming the New Horizon. The horizon, as we know it, is the point
of culmination of air and water. The museum is the new line that shows
where all of the elements converge with humanity to make a new to-
morrow and effecting the urban horizon forever. The museum itself is a GENERATOR AND PRODUCT
water jewel on the leaf, acting as both generator and product. Finally,
the musuem will set focus on how the elements effect one another, espe-
cially in how water reacts with each element.
JEWEL ON THE LEAF
PHYSICAL POSITION The structure itself will form a connection with the city of Chicago, creating an
icon for the city. The building looks to combine nature with technology, as
well as innovative materials, to create an environmental sculpture to house
the new horizon.
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SUPPORT THE PROGRAM
Cradle to Cradle. The site itself is set to work as a cradle to cradle
space, where everything that comes into and out of the space stays
within its’ system. The island becomes the leaf holding the water jewel,
feeding its’ growth. The site is the support of the program, holding all the
issues equally for the public to investigate.
LEAF HOLDING THE JEWEL PROMOTE GROWTH
The overall design of
the site is integral to the
success of the project.
The building is set to the
northern portion of the
island, keeping it close to
the island’s entrance and
within reasonable walk-
ing distance of campus
parking. Ramps to the 4. PRECIPICE
Precipice Museum and 1. ADLER PLANETARIUM 2. 12TH STREET BEACH 3. CHARTER ONE PAVILLION
its’ extensive green roof
vista wrap around the
new Charter One Pavil-
lion. The building is set on
a Northwest/Southeast 1
axis to capture the stron-
gest winds, which come 2 7 6
across the island from the 4
southwest. An extensive 8
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of the museum out over 5. PATHWAYS
Lake Michigan. This over- 3 10
hang provides opportu-
nity for tidal energy to be
harnessed, as well as a
chance for visitors to walk
on the water that is vital 12
to our existance, provid- 1. Adler Planetarium 5
ing great views of both 2. 12th Street Beach
Chicago and Lake Michi- 3. Charter One Pavillion
gan so people can re- 5. Open Pathways
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7. Water Filtration
on the vast blue lifeline. 8. Planting Fields 7. WATER FILTRATION
9. Wildlife Reserve ROOF PLAN
10. Rain Garden SITE PLAN
11. Natural Planting
12. Burnham Harbor Yacht Club
12. BURNHAM HARBOR YACHT CLUB 11. NATURAL PLANTING 10. RAIN GARDEN 9. WILDLIFE RESERVE 8. PLANTING FIELDS
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keep the island a haven for the earth and lead to less emissions being released. Public tran-
sit already runs to the site, including the city bus system, the free trolley system, as well as the
Chicago Water Taxi, which runs from April through October.
Museum Parking Spaces
Number of Daily Trolley Riders
Number of Daily Bus Riders
Number of Daily Subway Riders
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Public Parking Current Chicago Public Transit Use
out the museum is
seperated onto dif-
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own space to dis-
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plays allow users to
interact and learn
about that element,
how it effects us
and how we effect
it, and how it is and
can be used for
energy to fuel our
The basement level
provides labs, class-
room space, con-
ference space, and
a library for further
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The building height allows for more space to capture wind energy as it passes across the site.
The height of the columns also provides a visual connection to the geothermal energy harnessing
going on far below the surface.
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earth, and thermos, meaning heat) is power extracted from
heat stored in the earth. This geothermal energy originates
related to the application of solar cells for energy by con- from the original formation of the planet, from radioactive
verting sun energy (sunlight, including sun ultra violet radia- decay of minerals, and from solar energy absorbed at the
tion) directly into electricity. Due to the growing demand surface. It has been used for space heating and bathing
for clean sources of energy, the manufacture of solar cells since ancient roman times, but is now better known for
and photovoltaic arrays has expanded dramatically in generating electricity. About 10 GW of geothermal electric
recent years. capacity is installed around the world as of 2007, generat-
ing 0.3% of global electricity demand. An additional 28 GW
Photovoltaic production has been doubling every 2 years, of direct geothermal heating capacity is installed for district
increasing by an average of 48 percent each year since heating, space heating, spas, industrial processes, desalina-
2002, making it the world’s fastest-growing energy technol- tion and agricultural applications.
ogy. At the end of 2008, the cumulative global PV instal-
lations reached 15,200 megawatts. Roughly 90% of this Geothermal power is cost effective, reliable, and environ-
generating capacity consists of grid-tied electrical systems. mentally friendly, but has previously been geographically
Such installations may be ground-mounted (and sometimes limited to areas near tectonic plate boundaries. Recent
integrated with farming and grazing) or built into the roof technological advances have dramatically expanded the
or walls of a building, known as Building Integrated Photo- range and size of viable resources, especially for direct ap-
voltaics or BIPV for short plications such as home heating. Geothermal wells tend to
release greenhouse gases trapped deep within the earth,
but these emissions are much lower than those of conven-
tional fossil fuels. As a result, geothermal power has the po-
tential to help mitigate global warming if widely deployed
instead of fossil fuels.
Tidal power, sometimes called tidal energy, is a form of Wind power is the conversion of wind energy into a useful
V hydropower that converts the energy of tides into electricity form, such as electricity, using wind turbines.
or other useful forms of power.
Large-scale wind farms are typically connected to the local
Although not yet widely used, tidal power has potential for electric power transmission network; smaller turbines are
future electricity generation. Tides are more predictable used to provide electricity to isolated locations. Utility com-
than wind energy and solar power. Historically, tide mills panies increasingly buy back surplus electricity produced
have been used, both in Europe and on the Atlantic coast by small domestic turbines. Wind (and solar) energy as
of the USA. power sources is favoured by environmentalists as an alter-
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widely distributed, clean, and produce no greenhouse gas
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ing water to power turbines, in a similar way to windmills universally welcomed due to their visual impact and other
that use moving air. This method is gaining in popularity effects on the environment.
because of the lower cost and lower ecological impact
compared to barrages. Wind power is non-dispatchable, meaning that for econom-
Barrages make use of the potential energy in the difference ic operation all of the available output must be taken when
in height (or head) between high and low tides. Barrages it is available, and other resources, such as hydropower,
are essentially dams across the full width of a tidal estuary, must be used to match supply with demand. The intermit-
and suffer from very high civil infrastructure costs, a world- tency of wind seldom creates problems when using wind
wide shortage of viable sites, and environmental issues. power to supply a low proportion of total demand. Where
Tidal lagoons, are similar to barrages, but can be construct- wind is to be used for a moderate fraction of demand, ad-
ed as self contained structures, not fully across an estuary, ditional costs for compensation of intermittency are consid-
and are claimed to incur much lower cost and impact ered to be modest.
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continuously which is not the case with barrages.
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ing is simple and practiced by individuals in their homes, This does not refer to roofs which are merely colored
farmers on their land, and industrially by cities. More green, as with green roof shingles. It may also include
information about how to compost is found on the com- additional layers such as a root barrier and drainage
posting page. and irrigation systems.
Compost soil is very rich soil and used for many purposes. Container gardens on roofs, where plants are main-
A few of the places that it is used are in gardens, land- tained in pots, are not generally considered to be true
scaping, horticulture, and agriculture. The compost soil green roofs, although this is an area of debate. Rooftop
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conditioner, a fertilizer to add vital humus or humic acids, treat greywater.
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The exterior wings are steel frame
energy collectors. Each frame is set onto a torque tube/moving trac-
tion track system which allows the frame to adjust forward or backward in order to gather
more wind or sun energy, depending on where the wind or sun are strongest. The frames are
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Interaction. The interior spaces provide the education of the
elements, allowing the public a place for observation and interac-
tion with the elements and their energy. This is where understand-
ing occurs and, ultimately, the healing process for the earth and
her elements begins.
The New Horizon. This space has the primary museum functions like a museum
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Wind. Here, people will learn about the power of wind. The different ways
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onyx tile, glass tile, and LED light pads. This creates an air of mystery
and acts as a visual cue that people should cast no shadow upon the
earth they live in, but instead help it to infuse their life.
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The Element Exhibits are
formed acrylic displays
with LED touch screen in-
teractive displays grafted
to the interior and exterior
walls. This allows the users
to walk through the ele-
ment to learn more or to
simply walk along the out-
side of the form to gather
information. The exhibits
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life, to use for fun, and how
to use it to heal the world.
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including promotional posters,
pamphlets, and mailers. Mem-
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museum, allowing the public a
way to donate money for the
THE P R ECIP ICE
THE P RECIPICE
the Elemntal Effect
Water Elemental Museum
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Monday - Thursday
through the museum. 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday - Sunday
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Lake Shore Drive. Turn right onto Museum sun and how to harness
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Wind and how to use her elements for
pice Gateway entrance walk. Handicapped Wa
Watch the wind turbines
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collect and create en-
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and send it in.
Thank you to all my professors that pushed me to keep striving for
more. Especially, thank you to Paul Wang for supporing me through-
out the Master Thesis studio. His dedication to architecture, design,
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Thank you to my understanding boyfriend, Clint Smyth, whose dedi-
cation to education, architecture, and design mirrors my own. This
made it easy to understand that sometimes homework was just more
important to get done than going out. Thank you to all my friends
who did not give me too much trouble when I had to cancel plans
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ley, Cody, Emily. Thank you for all of your support and understand-
ing when I wasn’t able to come see all of your softball/baseball/foot-
ball/track/gymnastics events because of this glorious work. I know
you can see now that it was all worth it. I love you all and I sincerely
thank you for your support.
Without you all, I would not be here today.
HARNESS THE HORIZON
The Precipice Water Museum