A scaleless investigation into manipulating land formations.
Andrew Boyd, Tyler Mohr / Harvard Graduate School of Design
Barrier islands create unique environments that are home to several species and also play a critical role in protecting the coast from hurricane events and storm surges. Over the past several years in attribution to sea level rise and hurricane events, the barrier islands that skirt the Louisiana shoreline are starting disappear. While dredging canals and using the spoil to rebuild the barrier islands is common, the need for a more responsive process is needed if we hope to continue to benefit from these unique landforms. Using barrier islands as a launching point, FIN aims to explore the possibility of manipulating land formation through the choreography of prototyped FIN devices. To thoroughly explore this phenomenon, a systematic documentation of water and sediment flow against an array of rotating fins is recorded and a notation system to understand the stochastic distribution of flow and deposition is developed. While the investigation was limited and scaleless, the simplicity allowed a formal understanding of these relational patterns.
Andrew Boyd is a 2016 Master of Landscape Architecture candidate interested in the intersection of public space, infrastructure, and urban hydrology. Prior to his time at the GSD he worked as a program coordinator for a river restoration project in New York City and a policy researcher for transnational air pollution in East Asia. He has worked since 2014 as a design intern with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates on a range of urban waterfront projects. Current research at the GSD includes water resource management in Singapore, Colorado, and Tokyo.
Tyler Mohr is in his final semester of the MLA II program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Tyler holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University where he was awarded Outstanding Senior in Landscape Architecture as well as a prestigious ASLA Student Merit Award. Tyler's work experience and passion for Landscape Architecture began as a landscape laborer at Fort Collins nursery in Colorado. He has worked as an intern for Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Reed Hilderbrand, and Ground Inc.