Anticipatory Ruin Collectives
Ruins have long been artifacts that remind us of the passage of time, not only a remnant of the past but also a fragment of the future. They provoke forms of imagination yet often the ruin is stagnated in its entropic transformation. The Anticipatory Ruin Collective is rather considering the design for the Beach Lab of Violet’s Cove as a material tectonic process, rather than a finite architecture, a regenerative scaffold and form of care, a platform for education and wonder. This approach was provoked from observations of the site of Violet’s Cove and a curiosity in how the blurring of buildings and nature may start to offer pockets of wonder or unplanned combinations. Recognizing how the site is situated within an overall strategy by the Conservancy, the design is imagined as a waypoint for the town. It is a place of education and engagement but becomes a form of open work with the community by questioning fixed programs with defined designations of space. The architecture performs together as a collective series of moments across Violet’s Cove. Identified zones of intervention are synthesized in the form of five different hosts following two tectonic logics, ground casting and cribbing, to foster Violet’s Cove as a new educational device for the community and offer forms of meandering, without determined paths. The groundwork acts as a mitigator and indicator for sea level rise and flooding with the broader Mastic Beach revitalization. It coalesces the various thresholds and hosts across the site, acting as part of the broader Mastic Beach revitalization. Rather than retreating with sea level rise, how can the architecture become a perch to engage with emergent ecosystems more intimately?