Studio Class at Yale University
Studio Class at Yale University


This project was developed by XIAOPU WANG as a student from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and was submited to the WAS awards 2017 under the Residential category.

Biodiversity is one of the core identities of Staten Island, New York. Yet this element is missing in Stapleton. si_[amped]_ecotone reimagines new ways of integrating wildlife into the human settlement. The prototypes at three selected sites serve as guidelines for future wildlife and human co-dwelling urbanism in multiple scales.

Due to urban sprawl, Staten Island has lost a significant amount of wildlife habitat in the last century. The regional geological analysis provides an in-depth investigation of the wildlife habitat conditions and encapsulates a list of ingredients needed for wildlife to thrive.

Underused infrastructure and pocket space that are not pleasant for human to inhabit are often ideal environments for other wildlife to flourish. The project argues that connecting these preserved, regulated and designed pockets with green corridors can effectively increase the variability of living organisms at Stapleton, Staten Island.

The core concept of si_[amped]_ecotone also challenges how we, as human, define our relationship with wildlife in urban development, not only physically but psychologically. Derives from the conventional model where nature reserves, zoos, and individual housings provide shelter for animals and plants, the project creates new physical architectural and urban design treatments that echo the significance of co-living with wildlife.