We celebrate many natural occurrences: a full moon, sunsets, the first snow fall, etc. Why not flooding? The answer is obvious: flooding is both disruptive and destructive to our lives. Cata-strophic events like Katrina and Sandy confirm this notion. If flood-ing didn’t disrupt and destroy, however, would we be more inclined to observe it as a natural event similar to the way we ob-serve a full moon or a blazing sunset? This design employs a system of strategies that speak to a new paradigm for coastal living; one that affirms the power and majesty of the flood lands and observes opportunities where there seem to be limitations. This design looks at sea level rise and coastal flooding not as something that we have to recover from, but as a way of life and an integral part of communities and regional identity.

Objective: Minimize the danger and reduce/eliminate property damage

  • Hierarchy of space is organized around a network of elevated open space connected by pathways. This network is at a height resistant to even the highest tides.
  • Lighted warning paths show distances to higher ground during king tides and periodic flooding. These way-finding devices activate in accord with severe weather warnings.

Objective: Provide frameworks for communities to adapt

  • Food production in upland areas with crops that can withstand saline conditions such as the Dutch potato.
  • Boat sharing program when tides are high for extended periods
  • Tidal energy used to generate power.

Objective: Provide framework for communities to celebrate

  • Strategies that help to harness and enhance the power of the sea
  • Commissioning of rotating art that works with rise with the tide as well as singular permanent installations such as the boardwalk fountain
Company Name
Detti Design

Team Member(s)
Micah Giardetti, Landscape Architect