Blue Blood of Jamaica Bay
I am proposing a facility that houses educational, conservation, and biomedical testing programs for Horseshoe Crabs at the Crossbay of Jamaica Bay, New York. The blue blood of the crabs holds a crucial role in the research and development of medicines and vaccines. Although it is required for the biomedical facilities to return the crabs back to their habitats once they are bled, due to poor practice and non-ideal locations of these facilities, these crabs tend to perish while getting transported back to their habitat. As a result, its population continues to decline. Thus, my facility aims to dissuade the poaching of crabs and providing refuge for them along the shoreline during mating season. While the facility ensures the rehabilitation of the crabs population, it also attempts to monitor the practice of the crabs’ blood extraction and ensure safe return of the crabs to their habitats. As a whole, the facility’s overall form resonates to the ‘edges’ of the water and the man-made infrastructures. Within the building, the formal design intersects and collides, creating informal boundaries between the educational, biomedical, and conservation programs.