Deep Surface: Engaging the Terra Viscus
243 acres in Memphis, TN, is described as "Shaded Zone X" on the FEMA flood insurance maps. This area is in the center of the municipal boundary and has contains over 200 buildings, 25 roads and an underground water management system that people call "the cavern." After overlaying year and years of maps, I found that Shaded Zone X actually used to describe the watershed of the Gayoso Bayou, a bayou that used to serve as the eastern edge of "Downtown Memphis." Over the last century, the bayou has been covered and mechanized into an underground water management system that expels water from the city to the Mighty Mississippi through a pumping station built in the 1920s.
Deep Surface explores the potential of a revival of the Gayoso Bayou to serve as temporal landscape weaving throughout the cities landscape. A new development that considers the ecology of the place, the impending flood, and the earthquake liquefaction zone (which runs along where the bayou once ran).
Read more about this project on Archinect.