A Scaffolding for The Third Paradise: IN SALO
Brooks, Lynae Ashley
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.Arch.) -- Architecture
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Architecture
Bibliography: pages 151-152
"Mankind once existed in harmony with nature, doing onto it what he expected in return. Then man decided that nature was an entity to be controlled, the lesser occupant of the planet. Man began flattening forests for the benefit of creating paper, burning coal for the development of energy, eradicating entire species for the luxury of food and even sport, all while ignoring the degradation of the planet around him. For a while the planet carried on, appearing to be unaffected, showing little to no signs of harm. But, as time continued, the damages festered, and the planet began to show her true devastation. The coal began to disappear, forests became barren deserts and relentlessly, the ice caps began to melt, dumping unfathomable amounts of water into the oceans simultaneously increasing the tides. Some may say, 'What does this have to do with mankind?' Well, when one natural resource, like coal, no longer exists, man will move on to the next, and the next, and the next, until the planet has no more natural resources to provide. The forests will continue to become barren deserts until there are no more plants to produce oxygen. The oceans will rise around us, unrelentingly displacing vast amounts of the global population. With 40% of the world’s population living within 100 kilometers from the coast, livelihoods will be lost and lands eradicated. This thesis does not aim to save the planet from man’s blissful ignorance but to accept the fate we have created for ourselves, and all who we share this planet with, and move forward. In an attempt to turn a negative into a positive, this thesis will investigate the population displacement by the sea and the reterritorialization in the sea. The way in which architecture can aid in retaining a land and its’ people when the land exists no more."
Key Words: climate change, sea-level rise, paradise, utopia, population displacement, floating architecture, reterritorialization
CHAIR: Singeisen, Scott R.
PDF : 152 pages, illustrations (some color), maps, plans