Naturalization of Boom Island : restoration of the Great Lakes habitat in present day Minneapolis, Minnesota
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This thesis researches the ecosystem of what is now modern-day Minneapolis, Minnesota before its settlement in the 19th century. An understanding of the area’s natural state is applied to the redevelopment of Boom Island, creating a wildlife refuge that prioritizes flora and fauna that once used to reside in the Great Lakes Region. This naturalistic environment prioritizes the animal; providing homes that are unintrusive, accommodating, minimize contact with people, and provide patrons with understanding of different native species and their habitats. An appreciation for the preservation of these species and the fragile ecosystems in which they live is then developed. With the addition of an environmental center and artifact museum, the author hopes to demonstrate in this project the compatibility of wildlife habitat and architecture. Built and natural elements transition seamlessly into one another creating one cohesive project.