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Drawing by Sneha Aiyer

Understanding Strata of Time Through Land Water Relationships

A 100-year flood plain map indicating how bodies of water will subsume the island of Manhattan has been a cause of concern for a while now and is often met with resilience schemes. Through both the immediate and distant history of the Island, this relationship has always been viewed as a binary: either water or land. However, the territory is a gradient; instead of a singular norm, several norms can be defined to justly represent this ephemeral relationship. How does one embrace these ever-changing definitions? Instead of thinking of ways to contain water, what if one asks: How can water flow? How does one design for time rather than space? The manifestations of influence over time are visible in land-water relationships and will continue to shape the ever-changing territory that it shares. This project speculates on the future and looks for an ephemeral and temporal architecture that can assimilate and evolve rather than resist.