The
Culture
Now
Project
In 2008, the CoD launched “River Cities,” a multi-year design and development project that proposes to address the problems of economic decline and job loss in Kentucky “river cities” by partnering with local municipalities, developers and business to develop transformative projects.
Paducah+
Paducah, KY




The Paducah+ Studio started with the Manhattan Redux Studio's discovery that the problem is the solution, in defining futures for Paducah, KY after the closure of the Paducah Gasseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP). This studio was organized into three teams, each related to one another in multiple ways, that proposed a networked set of processes. The teams were the Paducah+ Team, the Radical Remediation Team, and the Site Team.

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The Paducah+ Team considered Paducah's particular issues through an analysis of nine global cities, each with toxic concentrations similar in size or virulence to Paducah's plume. This group considered Economic, Environmental, Energy and Education (the Four E's) as parameters essential to the health and growth of any community. They proposed a methodology for the regeneration of these global cities through alignment and equilibration of the Four E's.

The second group, the Radical Remediation Team researched remediation methods at the same time they demonstrated example programs that could occupy the site. They proposed clean industry that would be informed by a local knowledge infrastructure, would depend upon local labor, and would use the focus on a local problem to generate intellectual capital and technical innovations that could ultimately be exported globally. The Radical Remediation Team focused on specific remediation techniques at the nexus of biotech and robotics - interrelating freely across humans, things, technology and nature.

The third group, the Site Team, looked beyond conventional plans and planning guidelines, to propose a performance specification for operations at the site, which might successfully generate continued stability and growth. Taking into account the Four E’s as the essential building blocks of a healthy community, the Site Team worked across economic, environmental energy and education parameters to formulate their proposal and successfully interrelate the macro-economic principles proposed by the Paducah+ Team, as well as the regenerative potentials found in the Radical Remediation Team.

More information about the models and the digital fabrication techniques used in the process of building them can be found here.

More information on The River Cities Project: Manhattan Redux
More information on The River Cities Project

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Sponsors:
US Department of Energy
Kentucky Research Consortium on Energy and Environment
University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research

Principle Investigators:
Asst. Prof. Gary Rohrbacher AIA, Filson And Rohrbacher, UK CoD
Asst. Prof. Anne Filson AIA, Filson and Rohrbacher, UK CoD

Post-Graduate Research Assistants:
Carolyn Parrish
Sydney Kidd

Graduate Research Assistants:
Joseph O'Toole
Michael Schenkenfelder
Jennifer Jourdan
Mikaela Coston
Ross Graham

Students:
Bobby Morris
Kellin Vellenoweth
Bradley Prinze
Heather Micallef
Bridgett Click
Jon Lee
Jenna Martini
Taylor Steele
Araba Prah
Maggie Clines
Matthew Gannon
Carrie Wahl
Nate Owings
Seth Gover
Lindsey Elza
Anne Schwab
Melvin McClure

Acknowledgement of Federal Support:  This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) under Award Number DE-FG05-03OR23032.  The work was supported by 100% federal funding.
 
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