Though “littoral” commonly refers to territory occupied by land and water, it can also be understood more broadly. Things, geogra­phies, concepts that are in-between or interstitial—a thick boundary—can be characterized as littoral. A river’s flood plain is littoral, so is the earth’s atmosphere, as is a building’s enclosure. Climate change and population increase are combining to produce rapidly growing levels of distress and destruction within coastal regions, the planet’s littoral zones. Climate change, higher ocean temperatures, and sea level rise are producing more frequent and more powerful storms, which result in more, and more intense, flooding. Worldwide, coastline populations and settlements are acutely distressed. We pursue design work on problems within this epochal-scaled challenge. How do we remain, how we continue to build, even as the planet’s dynamics shift? How do we retreat? How does water come off a roof, and what happens to it then? In coastal zones, every construction is temporary. How do we rec­ognize and strategize impermanence? Within the littoral everything is circumscribed. What, then is the “ideal?” Do we float? Or do we drop anchor? Or, should we learn to swim in the interstitial, the shifting littoral? As coastlines change, architecture must generate new models: weird geographies, flexible foundations, hybrid systems, thick skins, porous bound­aries, new settlements, dystopian and utopias.

february 26, 8:30am - 1:30pm

  • Ece Bezer
    HAMAM 2050
  • Daryl Gonzalez
    PlastiCo
  • Emily LeDoux
    Littoral Leftovers
  • Shengwei Liu & Ruxuan Zheng
    Beyond the Borders
  • Kyle Neumann
    Politics of the Trash-Heap
  • Carlos Daniel Uruchurtu Perez
    Between Two Fronts