Historic and Future Migratory Practices Explored for Community Center Design

Anjelica Gallegos (MArch I ’21) designed a Restorative Community Center which explored the relationship between migration, the changing natural environment and future practices of transport on the New Haven site.

The unique migratory history, current and future patterns of migration and needs of the New Haven site was researched for the design of an ecological community center. Gathering information from 19th century scholar and previous Yale President Ezra Stiles, a map of New Haven based on information from interviews with the original Indigenous peoples of the land was created with the original context of the site, noting trails and spatial migratory practices used by the tribes. The historical changes of the shoreline of on the harbor adjacent to the site was investigated and data on the future changes of the shoreline due to climate change were incorporated. In an effort to generate a mutually restorative relationship with the natural environment and highlight how landscape and ecology influence migration, a program centered around adaptability, learning and implementing practices related to horticulture, agriculture, water harvesting and forest restoration was established. To address current needs an open floor plan for all levels was carefully organized to incorporate immigration services.

Site Plan showing future flood planes.