On Wednesday, February 21, CCA faculty Adam Marcus, Margaret Ikeda, and Evan Jones will present the work of the Architectural Ecologies Lab as part of "Field Dispatches from Resilient By Design" panel discussion at the University of California, Davis.
On December 13, Adam Marcus presented the paper "Buoyant Ecologies: Material Logics for Sea Level Rise Adaptation" at the conference Sustaining the Seas: Fish, Oceanic Space, and the Politics of Caring at the University of Sydney in Australia. The paper presents the material-driven research of the Buoyant Ecologies project. The research brings together architects, marine ecologists, fabricators, and public agencies to develop innovative strategies for designing and constructing ecologically sensitive waterfront structures.
The conference, hosted by the University of Sydney Sustainable Fish Lab, features a range of speakers, including scientists, activists, and artists. For more information, see the conference website.
On November 15, Public Sediment, one of ten teams selected for the Resilient By Design Bay Area Challenge, presented research and design concepts to a public audience at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.
The team presented three proposals for investing in the San Francisco Bayland ecosystems to buffer vulnerable communities and species from the threats of sea level rise. The proposals incorporate research into ecologically performative materials, floating breakwaters, and aquatic species that CCA faculty Adam Marcus, Margaret Ikeda, and Evan Jones have been developing as part of the Buoyant Ecologies project. All projects are posted here and open to public feedback and comment until December 7, 2017.
Public Sediment is a multidisciplinary design team that views sediment as a core building block of resilience in San Francisco Bay. The team is led by SCAPE Landscape Architecture and includes the Buoyant Ecologies team, the Dredge Research Collaborative, Arcadis, TS Studio, the UC Davis Department of Human Ecology and Design, and the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.
On October 27, CCA faculty Adam Marcus, Margaret Ikeda, and Evan Jones presented the Buoyant Ecologies Float Lab at the "Designing Material Innovation" symposium at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. The symposium convened leading figures from multiple fields to discuss projects that exemplify new approaches to material, fabrication, and design. The presentations and panels featured nationally and internationally distinguished speakers from architecture, engineering, industry, and materials science. The symposium was organized by Jonathan Massey of the University of Michigan's Taubman College and included a keynote presentation by Philippe Block of ETH Zurich. Presenters included Michael Bell of Columbia University, Michelle Kauffman of Google, Matthias Kohler of Gramazio Kohler, and many more.