Cypress Waterway

Montgomery, AL | mLA Thesis

Cypress Waterway has been ecologically degraded due to a long history of industrial development and poor stormwater management. Its location - north of the urban core and west of a large residential development - means the perilous conditions of Cypress Creek often go unnoticed. Yet this same area has the potential to become a major green corridor between urban and residential conditions in the city of Montgomery.

Through a series of master planning and design exercises, the issue of storm water pollution was analyzed, and strategies for raising public awareness and remediation were explored.

As a first step toward providing public awareness of the poor conditions of the Waterway, a pathway system was developed, connecting the Cypress Wetlands and Cypress Creek to downtown Montgomery. Graphic and artistic interventions along the pathway were envisioned as a means of informing citizens of sources of pollution and their ecological effects, in an effort to incite public action towards remediation of the area.

A site at the edge of the urban fabric was selected as a host for a demonstration center, highlighting constructed and ecological means of treating polluted stormwater. Functioning as both an educational research environment and community center, the site was designed with a local business incubator, exhibition space, play areas, meeting and laboratory spaces.

The landscape and architectural interventions proposed aimed at re-connecting people with water, allowing them to see the value in clean stormwater and the ecological activities it supports.