May 11. 2027. 

It was the night of the storm I will never forget. Rains beat down on the shingles of the house with blue siding. Our steps that provided escape were blocked by the creeping water. Earth shook as the ground cracked open to reveal the depth of the urban surface. Layers of time, palimpsest, bricks rock and soil, that serve as markers of our existence. Waters rushed, carving way for the mass of flood behind them. On this night, we were thankful we lived on 236’. Everyone that lived on 234’ and lower… were submerged. The first floor became a cistern as the waters sent people scrambling for higher ground.

This is a story about a catastrophe and how it changed the face of Memphis, TN. We sit idly by and watch our natural systems get conquered by engineering feats. Controlled nature becomes angry and will revolt. This project is an attempt to reconcile this potential conflict with a responsive urban intervention that anchors us in the fluid landscape. Architectural solutions become the grounding mechanisms that connect deep earth to the ephemeral nature of the clouds. The architecture of the ground plane undulates to encapsulate space and weave through the series of rooted structures, breathing air back into the stifled city horizontally and vertically.

The project is a landscape of critique, an urban gesture of connection and a series of architectures of engagement. It questions the paradigms put in place over the past century that privileges the need for stability within the urban landscape and explores the potential of the fusion of many forces to create unified woven habitat for both people and urban fauna. A landscape of butterflies and birds, otters and tall grasses weaves through the urban landscape, holding, diverting and allowing water to soak into the porous ground.

1. Prepare the ground.

2. Resurface the city

3. Weave a new ‘scape

4. Connect earth to sky

Folds and flows. To understand more of the movement of water as an urban phenomenon, this exploration takes watercolor and folded paper and allows gravity the freedom to play.
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Charles Moore.

Water and Architecture

Bernd Becher, Hilla Becher. Water Towers. 1988.

Throughout the landscape, signifiers of a new water paradigm, there are water towers. The water towers become beacons to the new paradigm. A shift from the stifling ways of the past to a resurgence of our dependence on the importance of our connection to the aquifers that lie hundreds of feet in the ground.

Orvieto Well.

a. St. Patrick’s Well. Photo: Getty Images

b. M. A. Ray, Orvieto, plan & section

c. M. A. Ray, Orvieto, photocollage.

Deep into the earth, the wells of the cities come alive. The walls glow with the light of reading lamps. Echoes travel up into the chamber and resonate, reminding us of our place within this world.

Wells. Towers. A perpetual archaeological dig. The earth erupts, cracks, collapses beneath our feet, water rushes past our feet, smooth stones silently rest slick with wear.

well. a place of deep engagement with the depths of the urban surface.

tower. our connection to the sky. the clouds. the heavens.

the dig. an excavation. a disturbance of the terra firma. a quake. collapse.

zone x is a liquid ground. the anchors are what root us in place. they allow us the freedom to move up and down within the city, to engage with the depths of place and the ephemera of the sky.


Creek: waters that flow in more than one direction, moving by the resultant force of the sea (which they touch at more than one place) monsoon overflows coming off the land, and fun that varies by the geographic positioning of clouds.

~   Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (via bookmania)

It hides. Within.


Donato Piccolo. mixed media drawings

Must for final

~   Katie Ford, from “Spring Wish,” in Colosseum: Poems (Graywolf Press, 2008)





    183.91’ - River Gage Level




  212’ - Low Tide

   218’ - Pumping Station Starts

220’ - Base Line

    224’ - Moderate Flood


    232’ - Flood Stage (1937, 2011)

    233’ - Zone X



Cartography of the Moon’s near side (Visible from Earth). [4000x2314]CLICK HERE FOR MORE MAPS!

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Red on Green
: the life and death of 10,000 roses

Life. Death.

~    Sylvia Plath (via realizes)

In the moment. Live it fully.


Light Newton’s Cradle - [via]
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Canvas  by  andbamnan