Weather it Together

The City of Annapolis' future plan

Windmill Park Project

Common flooding in Annapolis


In sailing, you learn that nature will not be controlled — at least not for long. However, it will let you work with it... The movement of sailboats depend on how nature is harnessed and understood. With this understanding, we  conversation with  nature. I can look at the shoreline understand how the wind will come from it: where it will be, what direction, how strong, etc.  There are times that simply observing nature cannot provide answers, which is when I can use the boat as a mediator between us.  If nature or I change our actions, the effects are felt in the sails and the movement of the boat — regardless of these actions, I understand through years of sailing that nature ultimately has control of what the boat… 

Our actions in design are no different. We need to have a conversation with nature as designers and discover a way to thrive in the consequences of our past.