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January 30th Presentation:
Our project proposes to reveal the complexity of the edge condition between water and land, and between man-made landscapes and natural ones. Often times these complexities produce tensions that manifest themselves in new forms of negotiation, control and dominance. We hope to create a landscape that exaggerates these differences and that exposes the visitor to an environment of constant change and evolution, offering a multiplicity of experiences.
To create this intensified environment, we will insert an inhabitable platform hovering between the land and the water. This new platform will provide a datum that is capable of measuring and indexing the differences between environments. At the water’s edge, the platform will measure the subtle fluctuations in water levels, enabling and disabling certain zones of occupation. At the edge of the land form, the platform will negotiate the varying terrain creating a segregated transition zone with the neighboring site, additionally enabling engagement with it.
By exaggerating the ecological tension at this edge condition, our proposed constructed “ecotone” will provide a territory that supports and encourages maximum biodiversity. This man-made wetland, as it evolves, will continuously provide an ever-changing physical condition that enables ecological diversity. Plant life and wildlife will appropriate the constructed edge condition and through constant adaptation and modification, ultimately seizing control. This evolving aqua-terrain landscape will, over time, make visible to its visitors an ecological history of the site and provide them with an always-changing experience.