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Value in Wetness

Part 2 Project 2004
John Sampson
James Eagle
University of Sheffield UK
Recent media attention has served to re-highlight issues of unemployment and deprivation currently facing colliery villages. Through concentrating on the region known as the North Nottinghamshire coalfields this project aims to explore the positive opportunities controlled flooding might bring to the region.

Taking the Environment Agencies Flood warning area’s as a starting point the project explores the ecotone (boundary condition) that occurs between the two different types of flooding; saltwater from the sea; and freshwater from rivers/groundwater. This dialectic carries through the project culminating in the design of a sustainable fish farm and overall strategy for the area

John Sampson
James Eagle

John's approach to his project exemplified an intelligent and relevant process for regeneration- working at social, cultural and economic levels. His desire to understand the community in which he was working combined with a strategic vision gave the project a resonance and authenticity despite the extreme scenario of selective flooding.
Starting at regional scale and working with detailed mapping studies a series of boundary relationships or "ecotones" emerged, giving the project a poetic set of thematic conditions that informed the project throughout.


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