title. Cannabis Archaeology, Columbia GSAPP

date. Fall Semester, 2016

city. Poughkeepsie, New York

description. Urban Design project addressing human and environmental health and economic struggles in the region by introducing the Medicinal Marijuana Industry and a Water Purification System within the city of Poughkeepsie.

team. Nishchal Agarwal, Zarith Pineda and Kristen Reardon

publications. Abstract Catalog 2017

                   Architecture Newspaper Article (https://archpaper.com/2017/01/gsapp-hudson-valley-initiative/#gallery-0-slide-2)

Cannabis Archaeology seeks to counteract the lack of economic drivers and jobs in the city of Poughkeepsie. By leveraging unused water infrastructure and the legalization of medicinal marijuana in New York State, we are introducing hydroponics cannabis manufacturing. Through the production of this lucrative crop, we aim to ameliorate water quality, social pride and health.

The Compassionate Care Act legalized the use of medicinal marijuana in the State of New York and created an opportunity for a new industry and regional connection among counties. This has the opportunity to help the city of Poughkeepsie, which is struggling from a high city deficit, high poverty rates and a failing education system. The city was once a thriving industrial city that depended on the Fall Kill Creek as an energy source. Nowadays the city has expanded and became victim of urban renewal that left spatial and social injustice scars on the city. The once productive Fall Kill is now an unused polluted waterway suffering from the contamination from various communities within its watershed. By establishing medicinal marijuana grow houses along the creek, the city can leverage a lucrative water dependent industry to provide economic benefit, while purifying the creek. Uncovering the past golden age of Poughkeepsie can help strengthen the social pride of the city and re-activate the creek to provide educational and recreational opportunities.

Analysis of Poughkeepsie´s current situation and the introduction of a Call to Action
Midterm Review Teaser introducing the proposal
Final Review Design Proposal Animation telling the Story of Water in Poughkeepsie
Final Review Regional Board explaining the multi-scalar approach of the design proposal
Final Review City Scale Board explaining the relationship of the water system between the architecture and the urban scale proposal
Michael Murphy (Coordinator of the Fall Semester Studio along with Lee Altman) using Cannabis Archaeology as an example of Social Justice in the Studio´s Final Review Lecture
Human Perspectives of the relationship between the Medicinal Marijuana Grow Houses with the city in the three selected sites of intervention, providing recreational and educational spaces for people to reconnect with nature and to recognize the importance of water in their city.