Our territory is a constant hybrid of mud and water, shifting across temporal scales of daily tidal change and longer-term sea level rise. The uncanny arises from the fundamental discrepancy between inhabitation and the amphibious site. Largely, people seek security and permanence in their inhabitation, yet we invite the adventurous and the unconventional to inhabit this constantly permutating landscape and engage fully with its changing character. Our settlements seek to express and respond to the challenging living conditions and counter-intuitive notion of building in such a vulnerable and mutable landscape. We propose a spectrum of housing and infrastructure types, ranging from those that are developed from the bottom up, and others from the top down, that seek to respond to the oscillating conditions. Landscape provides the seed and site for our urbanism, as we deploy sediment catchers to facilitate a shallowing and colonization of the land. With this expanded intertidal condition, the boundary between land and water is blurred and diffused.
Clementine Jang is a candidate for Master of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design currently. She has an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Sculpture and Art History from Maryland Institute College of Art. She investigates ecological and cultural conditions of landscape and translate them through a number of scales in her design interventions.
Jessie Booth is currently pursuing her Master in Landscape Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She studied ecology, environmental justice, and land-use at UC Berkeley, and is interested in coastal systems and landscape based community resilience.