Columbia GSAPP Advanced Studio V
Architecture in the Altered Landscape
Marc Tsurumaki with John Morrison
The Meadowlands Biodefense Consortium will establish the New Jersey branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s national health and biodefense initiative.
In June 2012, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services established a network of centers to develop and manufacture vaccines and medicines used to protect public health. Taking the form of a public/private partnership, the Centers for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing brings together the innovation of small biotechnology firms, the training expertise of academic institutions, and the experience and resources of public health institutions.
The center will bring together the Rutgers Department of Biomedical Engineering, PAREXEL International, and the Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center. In addition to biodefense medical countermeasure research and testing, the Consortium will support exchange of key information and training by linking public health and private partners, and aid the community of the Meadowlands by providing medical and health awareness centers.
The location of the Consortium in the unique landscape of the Meadowlands was selected for two primary reasons: first, its semi-remote location and availability of vacant, unwanted land and second, its proximity to major areas of transit and New York City. More specifically, the Meadowlands has the rare quality of feeling removed, yet is in fact incredibly close to the United States’ largest city. This is useful for collaboration with other organizations and universities in the City.
More critically however, the Meadowlands are surrounded and bisected by: the New Jersey Turnpike, the Pulaski Skyway, New Jersey Rail, Teterboro Airport, Newark International Airport, and The Port of New York and New Jersey. Additionally, the Meadowlands serve as a major intermodal hub for the U.S. Postal Service and other freight companies. This establishes a setting of constant movement of goods and people at a massive volume, subsequently creating the ideal environment for monitoring and maintaining public health.
The rigid spatial and enclosure requirements of the biosafety laboratories and the more open, less restricted needs of the public program is expressed through the architecture in the form of gradients of open to closed, porous to box, light to dark, and flat to elevated between the public program of medical clinic, lecture hall, and café and the laboratories.
site analysis: the space in-between
vacant space study map of the meadowlands, new jersey.
exterior rendering from new jersey turnpike on-ramp
Manhattan to Secaucus
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