Local Cooling is at once a microclimatic landscape and a thermodynamic performance. It sets the spectacle of public thaw against the backdrop of high design. An inhabitable, monolithic cube of ice sits in the heat of the Miami sun. As heat penetrates the volume, fresh melt water flows down its sides and registers its volume as pools form in a gently sloped and shallow topographic basin (4 inch depth). As the
basin fills with icy water, occupational boundaries are redrawn and the dynamic thermal gradient activates the surrounding space as a fluid site. A uniquely ephemeral experience that literally changes by the moment. The resulting landscape is a playful environment for socialization that is shaped by puddles, paths, and cool breezes. Eventually, the volumes of melt water breaches the basin’s edges and overflows into the public realm. At this point, the value of fresh water as a resource and a commodity is rendered explicit. As sea level rises globally, national and territorial freshwater reserves continue to fall. Local Cooling is positioned between these current events; meant to serve not as a parable of climate change, but as a way to draw public attention to the importance and imminent scarcity of fresh water.
About The Designer
Mark Jongman-Sereno is pursuing his M.L.A. degree from the Harvard GSD and is expected to graduate in 2016. He received his B.Arch from Iowa State University in 2014, and received a diploma from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in 2012. Mark was the 2014 recipient of the prestigious International Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction, the 2015 International Hospitality Design Award, and the National Kawneer Prize. His work has been published nationally and internationally including the
forthcoming Pamphlet Architecture Number 35. Mark has practiced in the Netherlands, Austria, and domestically.
Timothy Nawrocki is pursuing his M.L.A. degree from the Harvard GSD and is expected to graduate in 2016. He received his B.Arch from Temple University in 2012. Tim has worked as a designer at the Philadelphia office of Wallace Roberts and Todd, a collection of architects, urban planners, and landscape architects. He was the 2012 Recipient of the John Stewardson Memorial Fellowship where he spent three months studying the works of Peter Zumthor, Carlos Scarpa, Pater Latz, and other designers who effectively merge landscape and architecture.
Chris Reznich is currently pursuing his M.L.A. from the Harvard GSD with an expected graduation in 2016. He received his master of science in conservation in 2013 and his bachelor of science in architecture from the University of Michigan. Chris has practiced professionally in France, Switzerland, and in Detroit, Michigan. His work has been exhibited in Germany, United States, and The Philippines. His primary focus is ephemeral-public events, and his ongoing research project aims to reconnect co-evolutionary theory, biogeography, and shrinking cities.