NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) architecture student Noah Kelly was named a finalist in the prestigious “Smart Harbor” Young Architects Competition, which challenged participants to design urban transformation options for European shipyards. The annual international contest encourages architects and students of architecture who are 35 years of age and younger to design architectural solutions to current urban challenges, typically with a focus on Europe.
Kelly developed his design as part of NSAD adjunct instructor Leigh Pfieffer’s studio group during a combined graduate and undergraduate architecture studio piloted by full-time faculty member Luisa Schultz. Schultz incorporated the competition topic into the Bachelor of Architecture studio lesson plan since it aligns with the school’s emphasis on reinforcing sustainability practices and global design experiences. In addition, waterfront development topics are relevant to studio projects at NSAD due to the campus location in San Diego, which also has a harbor and shipyard infrastructure.
Kelly’s proposal, titled “Natures Edge,” explored the possibility of a symbiotic relationship with the natural and built environment in the harbor of Pesaro, Italy. He proposed creating a variable tide landscape that would re-introduce the natural circulation back into the harbor, and a building that would collect and harvest the excess nutrients present in the Foglia River. According to his submission, which is featured in the Young Architects Competition website: “This, in combination with a cultural theater and a hotel to support an increase in tourism will provide a place for the citizens and tourist to experience the culture of Pesaro as well as provide cleaner water and a healthier marine life.”