Designing for the Fourth Coast

A collaboration with Dunwoody College (Molly Reichert). This design studio introduces students to the importance of design research in relationship to making. This year the studio will be exploring the Mississippi River as a building site, a cultural corridor, and a microcosm of global issues that threaten to overcome us. As cities around the world begin to face uncertainties associated with climate change, one significant challenge is rising water levels and their impact on the future inhabitability of coastal and riparian zones. The studio begins with the premise that cities must actively develop resilient approaches to building, and that architects will have a growing and integral role in innovating these alternatives.