The Wyuka Synagogue sits in the northwest corner of the Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln, Nebraska. Selected primarily for its seclusion and open space, the site provides easy access from Vine Street - one of Lincoln’s major arteries. Conceptually, this project explores the connection between Jewish ideology and three natural materials inherent to sacred architecture: water, stone and light.
Not only are disciplinary intersections needed to address the widening separation between civil engineering, landscape architecture, and architecture within the contemporary urban sprawl but a serious engagement into the architecture of the undesirable is needed. Gas stations, large-scale box stores, fast food, strip malls, and poorly design apartments, continue to liter the horizontal urban landscape, yet few of these types of buildings have had serious, if any, design-research engagement.
The goals of sustainable communities are to 1) lower infrastructure and transportation costs, 2) reduce air pollution and storm water runoff, 3) preserve historic properties and sensitive lands, 4) save people in commute time, 5) create more economically resilient communities and 6) meet market demand for different types of housing at various price points.