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Congregating Grounds: Activating lands through camping pedagogies & practices in the Islamic Community

This project serves to activate contested grounds through camping pedagogies and practices in the Islamic Community. There are three main materials in the site, representative of the intervention typologies: wood for living grounds, stone for breakwaters and rammed earth for the anchored spaces (bathrooms, and storage for material deployment).

The boundaries are carved by the scouts and/or campers, where gravel stones are being added incrementally along with the camping trailways in the edge of the ground, and these breakwater formations shape tidal pools, which hold water and becomes a marshland for the ecosystem to regenerate (in the former Freshkills area).

The camping grounds’ living quarters will be on wooden platforms built on stilts; the top of the deck will have a set of triangulated columns (as vertical extension of the stilts), where tarpaulins can be mountable to create tents of different scales of spaces. Communal outdoor programming will be on floating rafts. The wooden structures are easily dismantled and can be rebuilt to inner grounds as an adaptation strategy to the receding water. The camping grounds also aim to have a strong interaction to its adjacent urban fabric, through the connection to an existing bus infrastructure and the sidewalk.