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 (
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.