Win-Win

“The Metamorphosis of Our Town” by Peter Cook, Archigram, 1970

Project: Win-Win
Date: Fall 2016
Class: Advanced Studio
Professor: Janette Kim

The magnitude of climate change’s effects demands a scale of response beyond the reach of any single agency, company, or landowner. Who alone has the power to build flood barriers, maintain green infrastructure systems, or fund managed retreat? Any mitigation effort, no matter how large or small, effects new relationships among diverse publics. Each approach creates new pools of shared interest among stakeholders, defines zones of protection within neighborhoods, and determines who will (and will not) benefit. Such outcomes are especially charged in the San Francisco Bay Area, where social inequities are amplified full-force by gentrification pressures. The hazards of long term climate change are inextricable from risks to affordability and diversity today.

This design studio will examine the relationship between climate resilience and gentrification. How can designers integrate waterproofing measures into cities in a way that can ‘disrupt’ current displacement and gentrification trends?