Project Description

High Water

High Water was the culmination of a course-long project in my Design Workshop class where the steps of the assignment were given to us in succession. The goal of the project was to use technical skills and constant reiteration to solve an issue or construct a narrative through built environments.

Our first assignment was to draw a taxonomy of forms. I created a series cube-y, rectilinear shapes that reminded me of pixels and Tetris. We took a selection of our forms and constructed and edited them in Rhino.

Next we created assemblages by aggregating the individual forms. All the forms created in Rhino had to be used in the assemblages. A lot of trial, error and modification occurred for me here. Going back to analog we were asked to draw our assemblages from different vantage points using light and shadow. At this point we were told to start thinking about what narrative, purpose, or concept could our assemblage address.

We then made a series of isometric and exploded axon renderings of our assemblages to objectively understand the relative scales of our forms and how they aggregate together.

Then we unrolled our assemblage in Rhino and laser cut the pieces in chipboard and rebuilt a model. We placed figures of varying sizes into our models to look at scale and how people could interact with the space.

Finally, we were asked to write out the narrative or purpose of our structure and present our work and process in either a book or poster. I chose to construct a small booklet that reflected the aspects of sustainability and environmental challenges in my narrative. I wanted the minimalist layout to reinforce the seemingly simple boxy shapes of my assemblage, but also convey the seriousness of the issue and precision in the design.

Narrative: With the rise of our oceans many regions and cities will face shoreline erosion and erratic changes to their coastal landscapes. The structure and materials for buildings will have to be able to withstand ocean conditions where lower levels are semi and even fully submerged in the water. Highly occupied parts of buildings and homes will be moved to upper levels to remain above sea level and within cities, a network of protrusions and connections between buildings will be necessary to travel throughout the denser urban areas.