SO-IL [Soft Operations, Insert Life] activates ecology by proposing sustainable systems to clean the Gowanus Superfund site. The soft operations begin in the soil bio-reactor building, a micro-municipal waste water treatment facility inserted to purify contaminated soils and reduce the instance of CSO pollution in the Gowanus Canal. Inside an adjacent soil composting facility, earthworms produce high quality soil that will eventually be transferred and used for the process of water purification in the soil bio-reactor. Other soft operations embedded in system include the Dig-In Flow of the storm water filter park, the Live-In Reef interactive oyster purification habitat canoeing jetty and the Live-In Skin avian habitat inserted into the facade of the soil bio-reactor building. This competition entry for the Gowanus Lowline: Connections Ideas Competition was selected for display in the Gowanus By Design Exhibition.
Studio Rede – Julia Watson . Keith Greenwald . Lisa Elke
Steve Yavanian Design – Steve Yavanian