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Ecological Processing Zone (EPZ)


Between the Port of Oakland and the post-industrial, residential community of West Oakland, over 400 acres of former Army Base land is to be developed for port expansion. West Oakland has long suffered from major health problems directly related to air contamination from port activities, yet the community reaps few direct economic benefits from this hub of international trade. The port expansion is an opportunity for reimagining the relationship with the surrounding community. Our design integrates ecosystem services with port operations, creating an Ecological Processing Zone. We are working closely with community members, port workers and executives, city officials, and primary developer staff. Through pollution mitigation and toxicity remediation strategies, our proposal seeks to increase community health, safety, and mobility. Our plan looks forward 100 years, advocates for progressive legislation and regulatory measures, integrates ecological infrastructure with sustainable urban timber harvesting and renewable energy production, and forges intricate and vital connections between the port and its neighboring community.


942 Clay St.
Oakland, California 94607
United States

Competition Details

  • Name: Open Architecture Challenge: [UN]Restricted Access
  • Host: Architecture for Humanity
  • Type: Public
  • Registration Deadline: May 01 2012
  • Submission Deadline: June 01 2012
  • Entry Fee: $50 USD Professionals , $25 USD Students , $0 USD Dues paying Architecture for Humanity Chapter members , $0 USD Developing Nations
  • Award: More than $5,000 in prizes
  • Status: Concluded

The competition entry ID for this project is 13765.

Project Details

NAME: Ecological Processing Zone (EPZ)
PROJECT LEAD: Nick Robinson
LOCATION: 942 Clay St., Oakland, California 94607, United States
START DATE: December 01, 2012
CURRENT PHASE: Design development
SIZE: 400 acres
PROJECT TYPE: Urban Planning
DESIGNER: Brent Bucknum
DESIGNER: Kadi Franson
DESIGNER: Daniel Collazos
, Emma Oppen

About Our Partners

Sponsorship Needed We're continuing our recruitment of individuals and organizations who are ready to accept the mission of sponsoring the complex yet rewarding task of successfully transforming previously conflicted sites into civic spaces. If you are ready to enlist your financial resources in service of this greater good, please call us at 415.963.3511 or contact us.