Anacostia's Nature Discovery Center on Kingman Island

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2008-08-13

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This thesis proposes to use built form to bridge the increasing divide between youth and the natural world. Through tectonics, it demonstrates that architecture functions as a physical and metaphorical gateway for urbanites to be re-introduced to nature. The renewed relationship with local bio-diversity will enrich the lives of users, and foster environmental stewardship.

Kingman Island is located in eastern Washington D.C.. It's overgrown and undeveloped condition has potential to serve the dense urban neighborhoods in its proximity. The site is accessible to local communities by Metro, bus, as well as automobile. It benefits from neighboring assets such as the National Arboretum and the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.

The proposed nature learning center is the focal point of the development, serving as the connection between local neighborhoods and Kingman Island through urban, architectural and landscape design.

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