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Beach Exploratorium

Mastic Beach is affected by superstorm Sandy and many other environmental hazards, with the absence of beach as its central issue to be treated. The importance of maintaining ecological education and awareness has been highlighted by the community inhabiting the place, who develop different activities to preserve the engagement. The Exploratorium introduces a new model of learning and preserving ecology at the same time through hands-on experience, having children as the main users. By implementing the binary of permanent and temporary design elements, the proposal focuses on designing the experience on the boardwalk by aligning existing landscape elements: native vegetation and marshes, mounds, and water. In addition, this architectural element is adapted to the different seasons providing flexibility for the area’s activities and conditions and future expansion to adjacent zones.