environmental planning, wastebeds, open space, Syracuse, Onondaga, Solvay
Architecture | Environmental Design
The planned development of the Solvay Process Wastebeds will be a classic case of environmental planning. The need for more planned open spaces becomes more evident and necessary as the population of Syracuse spreads and increases. The creation of the Solvay "Open Space" can draw on the network of existing open spaces within the region and the gradual reclamation of Onondaga Lake.
The knowledge we now have, compared with the early years of the wastebeds, is considerable and should enable a better plan to be made incorporating them into the life of the community. There are of course, no general or easy answers to the problems of the site. Physical development could however take one of three paths: it could become a blot on the landscape by architectural infill, it could remain in its natural state or it could benefit from a planned environmental succession.
After considerable research and analysis of the factors likely to arise in the development of the Solvay Open Space, it has been found that within the present biological and edaphic barriers a planned environmental succession would be the best course to follow. It is felt with confidence that this recommendation will assist the overall completion of Onondaga County's Open Space Systems and will preserve a unique ecosystem on the shore of Onondaga Lake.
Starego, Michael Joseph, "Proposed Redevelopment: Solvay Process Wastebeds" (1974). Architecture Master Theses. Paper 21.
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