As humanity tends toward global climate adversity it has irrevocably set into motion an environmental hemostasis. The repercussions of humanities domineering mite and persistent need for order with an infinitely complex biosphere is an environment that must now seek new equilibrium within its changing landscape of toxins and pollutants secreted my man.
Hard edge conditions, impervious surfaces and loss of natural bathymetry stand as testimonials to humanity’s alienation from its environment. This is a primary cause of global climate change. In the wake of this knowledge it is prudent for global cities to pursue resilience – which may be defined in different ways – but is ultimately its ability to survive and adapt to new environmental conditions. Though such a trajectory would be advisable it is apparent in the wake of hurricane Sandy and the increased frequency of disruptive major weather events that coastal cities hesitate in facing and adapting to these hostilities. Our design team has formed the opinion that global cities may never achieve any comprehensive form of resilience.
When mapping world city resilience against a forecasted parabolic increase in both frequency and severity of storms it becomes apparent that there is a critical juncture within this anticipated future. As cities strive toward adapting and becoming resilient there shall arrive a point where city resource expenditure on repair, relocation and (hard infrastructural) protection of residents will outweigh expenditure on innovative mitigation strategies. Here, the city will have lost its grasp on adapting to shifting hydrological conditions while its works tirelessly to protect critical infrastructure and residents.
This entry is a finalist of 529 entries to the Foundation Jaques Rougerie, Institute de France architecture competition.
This entry was requested for the Morphos – Sustainable Empires Exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale
Copyright: M. Rothnie, H. White