RESEARCH

 

Dynamic Coasts comparatively analyzes existing designs built along coasts that seek to engage people with water to determine opportunities and implications for designers responding to both the revival of waterfronts and the implications of climate change. Structured as a series of comparative case studies, the research centers on visits to several European sites. Observation is primarily through time-lapse videos and plan sketches, while a contextual perspective is added through research and interviews with designers, care-takers, and historians. This study points to four factors supporting a successful, engaging,and well-used waterfront. At the broader level, infrastructure and culture profoundly influence who visits the sites, while at the site-design level, scaling and rearticulating the space and natural phenomena to a human scale is vital to bringing awareness to the dynamics of the coast.

DYNAMIC COASTS | PENNY WHITE TRAVEL GRANT Summer 2016, Funded Through Harvard GSD Advisor: Jane Hutton

SITES

The five sites of study were chosen for their  varied historical and temporal origins: a modern sea organ in Croatia, a mid-century seaside pool in Portugal, the waterfront in Barcelona, a Victorian tidal pool in France, and a castle-causeway on Jersey.

OBSERVATION

Twelve hour time-lapse videos were taken at each site, recording a full tidal (or daylight) cycle. Hourly plan diagrams recorded the movement of people and water across the site.

ANALYSIS AND COMPILATION

To record and share this work, I compiled a book including expansive sections and essays on each site. The design implications of each site are considered given its physical and social context ( tides and wave-force, physical space and material conditions, and tourism and political factors).

DYNAMIC COASTS | PENNY WHITE TRAVEL GRANT Summer 2016, Funded Through Harvard GSD Advisor: Jane Hutton
DYNAMIC COASTS | PENNY WHITE TRAVEL GRANT Summer 2016, Funded Through Harvard GSD Advisor: Jane Hutton
DYNAMIC COASTS | PENNY WHITE TRAVEL GRANT Summer 2016, Funded Through Harvard GSD Advisor: Jane Hutton