Windmill Park Project
During my semester at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, I began to focus through a Landscape Architecture Tectonics class on how to convert our semi-natural & built landscape into a defense device while restoring the natural environment despite the negative, human-caused effects on it in the future.
The Maeslantkering (storm barrier) in Rotterdam
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.
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