Week 02: Flooding

The first flood defence systems that maintain Dungeness from being submerged under water were created by the Romans, and has long been a part of Dungeness’s cultural history and connection to the landscape. The systems have since been reinforced at Dymchurch, however in years to come it is claimed Dungeness will once again be returned to the ocean as sea levels rise.

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Directly on site Dungeness provides its own flood preventions, where water ways, rivers, and mole drainage support the land from over flowing. This constant battle to control the defiant coastal waters seems to highlight a question of ownership over the land. Does it belong to its human inhabitants or the sea, and could a more sustainable compromise be struck that allows the water to reclaim part of the land, whilst developing a way of living that flows in unison with that of the sea.

The sense of impermanence of the site echoes the fragility of the homes placed there, alongside their inherent and inevitable decay. On Weathering discusses such themes, where the aging process of a structure should be embraced, with its ‘’final state’’ being proved indefinite due the buildings weathering.

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The development of the next drawing looked to discuss the site as a floating entity, with its existence being tied to the success of the flood systems in place. These in turn are tethered to the powers of the elements and the ongoing struggle between man and nature over ownership of the land.

 

I would like to research more into the specific on site water systems used to prevent flooding, maybe categorizing the waterways, as well as the effects of water upon the materials in Dungeness. How do they decay? How do they interact with the water, and how incorporated is the waterways into the landscape?

I am also interested in researching architecture of a temporal, floating nature and ways in which architecture has a more holistic approach towards the integration and use of water within its lifecycle. Could a building be allowed to flood as part of its evolution on site? Japanese attitudes towards architectural construction and architectural lifecycles are also to be researched.

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