by Hana, Rohit, Vinoti
Manipulating and layering the existing fabric of the Point neighborhood, utilizing blue street and green belts, to accommodate the water as opposed to retreating from it.
“Living with water” is a project proposal with an aim to preserve the 300-year- old Point Neighborhood from climate change. Bridge street, the lowest area in the neighborhood, already suffers from an insufficient storm drain increased inundation. The purpose of this proposal is to help people to accommodate to this situation as well as with the near and far future.
The project approaches these issues on two different scales, i.e. micro and macro. On a micro level our concept is to manipulate the existing fabric of the neighborhood, preserve the sense of scale and community and make sure the change they will go through is incremental over the next 100-year. Our intervention starts with digging a canal through Bridge Street to deal with the overflowing storm drain. And with time and necessity, we propose all the streets in the neighborhood to be converted into the same. As we go through years, we suggest the houses as well as the streets to be afloat on buoyant foundation and therefore rise gradually with the rise in water level. As you can imagine, a new layer of living would be hosted by these elevated houses and streets and they would be designed to integrate the new activities and modes of transportation for the community, which would hinge on water.
As for the macro level, we propose the edge of the Point to be transformed to high raised battlements for wave attenuation. In addition to that our aim is to help protect the shore line and to do that we are introducing our ecological barrier islands. This structure would not only break down wave action but would also help in providing habitat to the rich ecosystem of marine life.
The purpose of our project is to start a conversation amongst the people of the Point and show them a scenario into the future. It’s to tell them how they need to act now to be able to preserve and protect their lives in the neighborhood for later.
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