MAde Studio

Great Lakes Dynamic Shores

Posted on 20 Mar 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Animations showing:
movement of 580.5′ elevation line over time at
(1) New Buffalo site 04
(2) St. Joseph site 08
(3) Ludington site 21

Sponsored by:
Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning,
Research on the City ($20,000)
Main Collaborators:
Jen Maigret, former partner of MAde Studio (and)
Richard Norton, Lorelle Meadows
Research Assistants:
John Guinn, Le Nguyen, Anna Schaefferkoetter, Andrew Wolking, Wen Zhong
May 2013 – November 2013

The shorelines of the Great Lakes are highly dynamic natural systems. They are also highly desirable places to live, work, and play, and about a third of Michigan’s cities border Great Lakes shoreline. Yet our desire to live, work and play on the shore also yields conflict between the build environment and the physical realities of coastal dynamics.

Great Lakes Cities on the Shore will draw upon the use of computational and physical modeling, fabrication output and graphic visualization techniques to enhance our understanding of the complex dynamics of Great Lakes shorelines within the boundaries to two Michigan Great Lakes Cities—Benton Harbor and St. Joseph. We aim to contribute visual and tactile knowledge of a physical and ecological system that fluctuates over space and time. Digital technologies that facilitate the fabrication of physical models and visual representations will allow for collaborative conversations between urban planners, coastal engineers, state policy makers, architects, shoreland owners and local public officials to find a common language for to making informed shoreline management decisions.