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Anthony Vesprini, Eric Hu, and Nalin Chahal, BFA Architectural Design, Flood Points

Ekistics, the science of human settlements, has been a pervasive and well-established foundation of human civilization since agriculture. The dominance of humanity over the natural world has largely left this science in a perpetual, unchanging state. But, our anthropogenic effects on the environment and the natural world around us in the past century, have upset the delicate balance of carbon that is critical to maintaining habitable conditions on our planet. Our devastating effect on the natural world must force us to reevaluate the ways we inhabit land, how we engage with the world, and refound the idea of ekistics to adapt rather than withstand.

Our proposal will drastically alter our site to consider this change, focusing on rising sea levels and how we must adapt to this change rather than build ever-growing sea walls, be it 55 years on a critical carbon emissions scenario (2075) or 95 years in a low emissions scenario (2115) for our site to flood.