By Jared Faske
((Re) Generate is a Thesis Project from the Tulane School of Architecture revitalizing an abandoned power station)
Throughout the United States, deindustrialization has affected numerous cities and communities. As industries has evolved, an abundance of industrial buildings left vacant have turned themselves into ruins of the past. In today’s industrial environment new forms of production and automation are reshaping the way companies manufacture products and conduct their research. As processes change so must the buildings that these companies occupy.
Stemming from concepts theorized by Cedric Price and the Fun Palace project, this thesis takes form in the adaptive reuse of the Glenwood Power Station in Yonkers, New York. Abandoned since the 1960s, this power plant served the New York Central Railroad and Grand Central Station.
This redevelopment focuses on maintaining the historic qualities of the original building while offering opportunities to develop solutions for the future. Located along the shores of the Hudson River, the Glenwood Power Station is uniquely positioned to become an incubator for hydrokinetic research and the harvesting of the Hudson River’s power.
The base of this model is CNC milled MDF board. The structure on the interior of the model is laser cut 1/8 inch thick basswood painted gray.