Rapprochement Urbanism An Exploration into the Rewilding of Jackson, Mississippi

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West Kendon Pierce
Alexis Gregory


Rapprochement urbanism addresses how wild environments can be accommodated in urban spaces to create more sustainable and resilient cities. Referring to the dual realities of wilderness and urbanity, this design strategy explores the interaction of their two structures to replace the misconception that cities are built “on” the natural environment, with the assertion that cities are built “in” it. Jackson, Mississippi currently treats adjacent vibrant ecological habitats as forgotten back alleys rather than urban assets. Utilizing interventions within a holistic plan, rapprochement urbanism combats urban sprawl and “back alley” attitudes, mitigates stormwater challenges, and facilitates human and animal spatial needs. Rapprochement urbanism, through the rewilding of Jackson, MS, allows architects to more directly impact and improve the ecological sustainability of this city of 170,000 inhabitants.[i]


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Pierce, W., and A. Gregory. “Rapprochement Urbanism”. Enquiry The ARCC Journal for Architectural Research, Vol. 16, no. 1, Nov. 2019, pp. 46 -75, doi:10.17831/enq:arcc.v16i1.719.
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West Kendon Pierce, Mississippi State University

West Pierce is an Architectural Designer at Perkins&Will in Seattle, Washington. He graduated Magna Cum Laud from Mississippi State University School of Architecture with a Bachelors of Architecture degree. He also participated in an honors semester at the Washington Alexandria Architecture Consortium. His professional experience includes work with the Carl Small Town Center in Starkville, Mississippi, Mithun in Seattle Washington, and the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems in Austin, Texas. His professional interests include sustainable and passive house design, urban planning, and the fabrication of architectural elements.

Alexis Gregory, Mississippi State University

Alexis Gregory is a registered architect and associate professor in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University. She has earned a Master of Science in Architecture with a concentration in Women’s Studies and History from Clemson University, as well as a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech. Her professional experience includes professional licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia and ten years working in various architecture firms in Washington, D.C. Her teaching and research interests include construction technology and making, community engagement and service-learning, community design, and diversity in architecture.


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