When the water receded after Superstorm Sandy an indelible architectural mark was embedded in the water-lines that stained the walls of flooded homes. These horizontal lines—indices of the height at which water once stood—have come to inform the height to which future houses must be raised off the ground (as per FEMA’s base flood elevations). In the aftermath of Sandy, Katrina, and other notorious storms, large swaths of the East and Gulf Coasts have been declared flood zones. Consequently, houses have risen above the ground plane and loom awkwardly detached from it. The elevational line drawn after the storm surge, what one could call the post-line, serves as a record of past catastrophe and the growth of a peculiar architectural phenomenon: suburbia on stilts.
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Exhibited in Boston, New York City, and Ithaca, New York.