Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Thesis Development Sketches

The masterplan in the previous post highlights the presence of shifting boundaries and the significance of creating a new boundary for the canal system, commercial shipping network and the social extents of the town. The concept of the masterplan is to reconnect the town to the coast but to keep elements of the sea removed to encourage the intervention play with the theme of absence.

From a pragmatic perspective the plan to reintroduce the coastal boundary of the 13th century has an understated potential. The flood planes will accommodate mussel and oyster beds which in turn will combat the seasonal nature of the agricultural industries. This brings us back to the boundary where a series of nodes and connections will be created to link the town center with new industries and the existing coastline. 

The development sketches below show the transition between the calm waters of the newly created canal and the turbulent nature beyond the intervention. This will become the key node in the materplan and a point where sculpted hard landscaping meets the dynamic soft landscape of the estuary. 


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