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INTERTIDAL

with LTL Architects and Megan Griscom

2010

Designed as part of a collaborative charrette sponsored by the Museum of Modern Art, this project proposes a new landscape diffusing the relationship between land and water in the face of projected sea-level rise due to global warming. The site, currently home to Liberty State Park, is composed entirely of landfill and will be largely under water at high tide by 2060. Rather than take defensive measures to either protect the site or return it to an increasingly indeterminate state of nature, Intertidal envisions a land-water testing ground, trying out new relationships between land and water, new forms of amphibious agriculture, aquaculture, recreation, bioremediation, hydrological testing on a site that is in a state of perpetual construction.

The essence of the project is a cut-and-fill logic that removes land to create three giant inlets on the site, and moves it to adjacent areas to create subtle new shifts in topography that work with tides and seasonal floods to create dramatic differences in land-form and -use between low and high water. The inlets are delimited by four large pier formations, each subdivided by a wedge-form cross grain that creates a smooth gradient between land and water. Each wedge becomes a petri dish, an isolated test-bed for the amphibious programs listed above. The programs situated within a given wedge are organized according to water flows - from dry to wet, high to low, and fresh to saline. While programs bleed across the petri-dish boundaries to form new and unexpected relationships, the result is a landscape of radical differentiation that takes transformation as a normative condition, rather than a means to an end.

Exhibited at MoMA as part of Rising Currents.
AIANY 2012 Merit Award for Urban Design.