RIVANNA RIVER VORTEX COMPETITION
INSTRUCTORS: ADRIAAN GEUZE + JORG SIEWEKE
The Rivanna River Vortex was a School wide Competition, where all students, of both Undergraduate + Graduate programs and all disciplines, were divided into thirty vertically structured teams. Over the course of ten days, students made a proposal to redesign a large section of the Rivanna River located in Charlottesville, VA.
Swimming in Virginia’s Rivanna River is the chub, a local fish that gathers stones from the riverbed each year and builds a mound, or nest, where chub eggs are then laid. While the eggs hatch, this nest becomes a “networked” ecosystem with several purposes. It provides a natural filter for the river, gathers nutrients for the fish, andserves as a habitat for other river species before the river slowly washes it away.
Inspired by the temporal and multi-use nature of the chub nest, we’ve decided to adopt the same strategy of “washing away” to redesign Charlottesville’s Rivanna River front. Adjacent to Free Bridge on the river’s west bank is a notably underutilized light industrial area that demands reuse. As the site is situated in the Rivanna’s floodplain, we propose a symbolic “flooding” in the area to wash away the systems that Charlottesville no longer uses.