Inspired by the dynamic ecological potential of Horseshoe Cove, we propose a highly visible public infrastructure that sustains Stewardship. By re-distributing the sea wall boundary, the site is transformed into a blurred tidal edge. Water/land ecologies evolve as we re-appropriate vernacular agricultural systems to create self-generating ecological structures. In shifting the context of these processes, we will also engender a transition from a culture of consumption to a culture of stewardship. To this end, we propose a series of simple performance typologies to create a sustaining landscape.

SITE: Horseshoe Cove, CA / SIZE: 6.3 Acres

SCOPE: Restoration Master Plan, Baywide Remediation Strategy

DATE: 2009

The site is organized and grown through the implementation of both Eco-structures and Agri-structures which create a highly concentrated wetland ecotone. These structures include redistributed land form, low-impact access catwalks, and distribution networks, which together generate a site-wide Plot nursery for desperately needed habitats and endangered native species. The Plots are the biomass products of emergent wetland ecologies. The surplus production of the Plots is exported to other sites as they become available due to rising sea levels.

The simple flexible armatures, in turn, create program opportunities within the Plot nursery.  The initial infrastructure recedes over time as proactive ecologies succeed.  The Agri-structures remain, and are slowly reclaimed by the rising sea, eventually establishing a thriving marine estuary to become a destination for scientists, eco-tourists, and local residents alike.  Our proposal is designed to remain perpetually unfinished, cultivating and capitalizing on emergent growth and flux, as the first node in an engineered remediation network of ecological and agricultural infill sites bay-wide.

Winner of 2012 AIASF Citation Award for Unbuilt Design