LIVING ON THE EDGE

With increased threats brought by sea level rise and climate change, the resiliency of the American coast has rapidly become a territory of architectural and urban debate; effectively, becoming a proxy for the merits of systems thinking and performative design tactics. Yet, surprisingly, the opposite is registered in reality where the utilitarian response of raised housing suggests a priority placed on singular form. The resulting raised house operates as an instrument of aesthetic production, emphatically relinquishing its ground-dwelling contingent relationships in favor of preserving a formal ideal that performs independently rather than as a constituent of a larger whole. Responding to the discordant visions for future broad-scale coastal development and actualized reactionary construction, Living on the Edge uses contemporary coastal housing as a surrogate for the critique of the aestheticized object in order to suggest alternative formal procedures capable of performing resiliently.

Jacques Rougerie Competition, Shortlisted
Year: 2015
with Joshua Jow and Hana Svatoš-Ražnjević