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A Shoreline Hydrocosm

Part 2 Project 2015
Harry Grocott
Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL), UK
Using the advent of rising sea levels as a catalyst for investigation, this proposal explores a new mode of waterfront inhabitation against the backdrop of a shoreline soon to be extensively altered by the inevitable progression of climate change.

The project proposes the redevelopment of the low-lying Mission Bay, San Francisco - an unprotected site particularly vulnerable to rising sea-levels. Comprising a sequence of salt-water processing structures and a new student halls of residence for the nearby University of California, the scheme welcomes the influx of Bay water as a resource rather than excluding it as an inconvenience.

Opportunities presented by rising sea-levels are used to explore the long-established American tradition of exploiting natural hydrological systems for leisure. By drawing on inspiration from policies in the San Francisco Bay Plan, the proposal combines environmental technologies and the provision of recreation with the aim of creating a long-lasting, sustainable development that can help to foster an appreciation of the unique qualities of the Bay in its residents.

In this way, it is hoped that some of the challenges posed by global warming can be mitigated and that residents of Mission Bay can feel a closer affinity with their greatest natural resource.

Harry Grocott

Ms Laura Allen

Mr Mark Smout
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