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ORGANIZATION HONORS UH STUDENT
Fizza Hasan Receives AIA Houston Design Award in Student Category
HOUSTON, April 23, 2007—Reusing and renewing polluted water
from a New York City sore spot has earned a University of Houston
student honors from the Houston chapter of the American Institute
of Architects (AIA).
The organization awarded Fizza Hasan, fourth-year student in the
Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, a 2007 Design Award in
the student category for her project, “Hydroponics Lab.”
The competition required students to take a real-world problem
and be creative in their approach to solving it. The assignment
concerned the polluted waters of Newton Creek in Dutch Kills Canal
in Queens, N. Y. Newton Creek, located between Long Island City
and Greenpoint, is a retention area for industrial pollution. William
Truitt, assistant professor in the UH College of Architecture, took
his studio class there for an up-close view of the area.
“As sustainable practices grow, it is important to use the
design studios as a laboratory for generating sustainable issues
that can then be discussed in the working field,” Truitt said.
“Fizza is an excellent student, thoughtful and inquisitive.
She brought to light sustainable issues in such a way as to be completely
embedded in the making of space at every scale.”
Hasan’s design created a system that would renew and reuse
the polluted waters. She focused on producing two kinds of vegetative
green spaces to beautify and treat the area.
“My plan was to design a natural ground field that would
work to clean the contaminated soil using phytoremediation plants
that also creates a public green space,” Hasan said. “An
artificial, but edible, raised hydroponics field would produce fruits
and vegetables that would use the treated water.”
Phytoremediation is a method that decontaminates soil or water
using plants that absorb or breakdown pollutants.
“All of this along with our extensive class research had
a holistic affect on my design and concept of the project,”
said Hasan. “Physically experiencing the site and getting
exposed to the culture of New York City gave me insight to the environment
and the needs of the site.”
Hasan is expected to graduate in May 2008 with a degree in architecture
and hopes to one day work abroad.
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please visit www.arch.uh.edu/home/index.html.
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