BUILDING HERITAGE IN RISING WATERS
This Adaptive Reuse studio focuses on Historic built heritage and the consequences of environmental impact in the form of global warming and its effect on weather, sea level rise and storm surges. The studio receives funding from the van Beuren Charitable Foundation (vBCF) and the Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF), which also works as collaborator and community contact to the Department of Interior Architecture/RISD. In this adaptive reuse design studio we will conduct a conceptual study of the threat of extreme climatic impact on the historic Point neighborhood in Newport, Rhode Island.
Expanding on the work begun in the “Keeping 74 Bridge Street Above Water” project by the Newport Restoration Foundation, the project is focusing on the entire Bridge Street. With a focus on issues of preservation in historic neighborhoods that are severely threatened by rising sea water levels, students conduct their investigations through the use of new data acquisition technology, together with state of the art visualization and processing technology such as Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR). Our objective in using these digital tools with virtual building models is to engage the neighborhood, collaborators and professionals as well as a general public, that is at times skeptical and inured to the dangers of climate change. Our use of digital tools include further, the processing of historical information, scientific projections, and other intervention design data, sources such as historical documents and onsite discoveries.