with Catherine Seavitt (Fall 2003)

"Inhabiting the Georgia Coastline" (Charleston, SC - Savannah, GA)

This project examines the possibility of converting the existing series of waterways, known as the intracoastal waterway, into a public kayaking route (similar, in a way, to the Appalachian Trail). The encompassed coastline presents an ever-changing ground condition, an ephemeral landscape that poses a serious challenge for all those wishing to inhabit the terrain. The coastal islands are in a constant state of flux, creating an extremely dynamic environment of change.

In order to grasp the extant conditions, the coastline was subdivided (pixilated, if you will) into rectangles of seven types. From this analysis, certain relationships became apparent, and lines of extension were drawn in order to further explore these emerging patterns that indicated both physical relationships and infrastructural requirements. In the end, this process helped to site the installations that follow.

The proposed solar islands become the foundations of a new, artificial history. They not only funnel energy into the isolated coastal developments but they also provide an ever-changing installation that relates to the viewer in a number of ways - either floating on or hanging above the ocean’s surface.

The fixtures to be placed in the marshland are a study in a necessary temporality that animates the landscape. These small self-sufficient research stations, which can be entirely disassembled, packed, and transported with ease, are studies in impermanence, utilizing a key programmatic requirement to generate an ever-changing landscape installation.

The permanent and habitable waystation of the program represents the intersection between the aforementioned installations – it lies somewhere between an artificial landscape animated by natural cycles and an artificial fixture animated by human activity. The final product of this process is a kind of found object capable of adapting to the ephemerality of the beachscape (ranging from completely buried to fully revealed) while maintaining one form. In spite of this permanence, though, the installation is ultimately animated by human attempts at habitation, creating a history in itself of adaptations and additions.

*Featured in 306090 09: Regarding Public Space: