MeadWorks - Hydrology, Ecology, Mead, and Architecture
Kyle Huck, Associate AIA
Faculty Advisors: Peter Noonan, AIA and Karl Du Puy
University of Maryland, College Park, 2019
This thesis project redefines the relationship between communities and water infrastructure through a scalable and adaptable hybrid architectural solution on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
This thesis project redefines the relationship between communities and water infrastructure through a scalable and adaptable hybrid architectural solution on Maryland's Eastern Shore. By focusing on the ambiguous intersection of nature and the built environment, this thesis makes an attempt at place- making in a setting typically disregarded by cities and communities. Challenging the boundaries of public infrastructure, architecture, and landscape architecture, this thesis provides a dynamic solution to the water pollution epidemic of the Chesapeake Bay that involves subliminal community awareness and engagement. Through the program, meadery, beekeeping, agriculture, and brewing operations integrate with water treatment infrastructure to mutually benefit all processes. This project challenges the model of public infrastructure by making it a public amenity. Pairing a meadery with a working landscape, the project integrates with its agricultural and riverfront context and becomes a new threshold between the town and the waterways of the bay. As a new model for truly public infrastructure, this proposal can be reinterpreted and adapted to other towns across the region to have a greater impact on the protection and preservation of water quality in the bay.