Transforming history into possibility
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This thesis proposes a means to address the degradation and neglect that has become an increasing problem in aging, industrial cities like Buffalo. The Scajaquada Creek is one such site in Buffalo that has seen steady decline, and this project sees the power to reverse this decline embedded in the history of this site. The Scajaquada Creek has accrued countless layers of history, which exist in a material or ethereal form as we view the site from a contemporary perspective. Illustrating and communicating the War of 1812 and industrial histories of the Scajaquada Creek is done through the design of an 1812 Bicentennial Park and a new Buffalo Maritime Center. The architecture, as an inherently visual and social experience, allows an immersion within this physically manifested history, providing an opportunity to consciously or subconsciously grasp a conceptual relationship within history that is otherwise completely invisible. Through this project, the natural condition of the creek is partially repaired, and users of this new site are communally connected to the Scajaquada Creek and its unique history.