Utilizing GIS to identify at risk populations, a spatial analysis of communities led to the sighting of the project. The elderly, those affected by poverty, and families with young children are most likely to be cut off from supply chains, live in homes that are in disrepair, or simply not have access to vital information.  This project is sited in Floyd Bennet Field, where it is centrally accessible by road and by water.
 The site in Jamaica bay is part of the only national park in New York City. Deep enough for boat passage and yet protected from storm surges by a shallow region, this area already contains a marina, beaches, and hiking trails. The proposal seeks to take advantage of this location while preserving existing activities and wildlife, and activating the area for more social interaction, recreation, and education.  GIS data was used as a base for landform modeling to conduct this analysis.
 The landscape, consisting of ponds that host fish hatcheries as well as absorb storm water, was modeled parametrically in a voronoi pattern and then allowed to deform. Topographic points from regional geographic data provided the frame from which to model points at natural low points and cleared areas for buildings at natural high points. The organic shape of the ponds preserves the pristine nature of the site as well as controls wave attenuation.
 The proposed plan includes a network of ponds, accessible from boardwalks, with three main campus buildings and several small “outpost” classrooms.
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