The Ecological Productive Infrastructures of the Port Authority Bus Terminal – NYC
By Noémie Benoit.
With this project, Noémie Benoit provides an outline of an investigation into how biodiversity can be increased in the most urban areas. By studying the potential threat of water (climate change, risk of storms & hurricanes) for New York City and proposing a ‘wetland model’, Noémie researches how the physical environment could change if an urban wetland had to be built.
Moreover, the new approach is tested by designing a bus terminal that serves as a water purification system. The terminal is organized vertically allowing water to be purified in a natural cleansing process of sedimentation and infiltration via the various terminal floors. Gradations of ecosystems are applied per floor. Noémie Benoit spatially and ecologically explores the unusual combination of two services and therewith physically involves the visitor. Finally, the business model of this integrated systemic model tells how public-private partnerships can help building relationships that create value for both cities and solutions providers.