LATENT STRATEGIES By
using representation (printmaking) to inform design, three strategies
for inhabiting terrain in and around New Orleans were arrived at.
These strategies are meant to be seen as starting points, as imaginings
on ways to inhabit a fluid and unpredictable terrain.
INVESTIGATIONS Through the etching
process, latent conditions were gradually uncovered in a sample
of sites in New Orleans and the delta region. Through processes
of dissolution, impression, incision,
removal, and agitation, the relationship between
water and land in each site gradually shifted.
ACCUMULATING GROUND For sites outside
the city that consist of a spine of infrastructure and are located
in backwaters, a strategy reminiscent of a logjam was conceived.
By building jetty-like structures, land would be encouraged to form,
on which habitation would be possible. The openness of the land
and the graduated solidity of the ground make the terrain more resilient
in flood and hurricane conditions.
PRESSURE RELEASE A strategy of breaking
boundaries and releasing flows was proposed for city edges that
abut marshy conditions. By constraining development in bars that
lie parallel to flows, and by releasing storm and flood waters,
the threat of localized flooding would be greatly diminished. At
the same time, a more complex relationship between water and land
would be achieved.