Maria Mortati’s not-very-comprehensive-list of notes, projects and resources related to waterfronts
A few Bay Area artists & Projects
Artist Peter Richards famous “Wave Organ” in the Marina of SF:
Artist Mark Brest van Kempen’s work:
Artist Daniel McCormick’s work:
The Bay Model:
Hidden Ecologies Project:
South Bay Salt Pond Preservation Project
Kite Aerial Photography segment from KQED Quest:
Ledia Carroll project at Southern Exposure:
Bureau of Urban Secrets waterfront tour at Southern Exposure:
Outdoor Exploratorium final installation site at Fort Mason:
Outdoor Explo Exhibit development techniques (from team work on the Outdoor Exploratorium project):
Exhibit Development Techniques:
framing / pointing
amplification – using technology to heighten a specific sense perception
translation – converting and recording the behavior of phenomena into another media
synesthesia – converting something commonly
perceived by one sense into another sense
perception (hearing what is usually seen, etc)
hunting, gaming, puzzling – encouraging sharpness of observation by posing a hidden
challenge or puzzle as a noticing exercise
scaling – making big things small, small things big
disruption – altering the expected form or arrangement of a familiar thing to enhance noticing
Thematic content is the topic or the particular dimension of the environment that visitors are investigating. These can be organized into four major dimensions:
Natural physical phenomena such as light, air, weather, water, landforms. Atmosphere, geology…
plants, animals, microorganisms – living systems, communities.
Human built world of tools and structures: architecture, transportation, communication, tools and technology. Applied science.
Human behavior and modes of perception – the psychological and sociological constructs of people, culture, and communities
Book: Between Pacific Tides, excellent resource:
A few local groups:
Projects further afield
Fantastic List of projects and resources can be found here:
“Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront,” … they vary from spongy streets to reefs made of glass or oysters to apartment buildings dangling above the brine. Despite their varied approaches, all the teams agree that the traditional solution—barricading the city behind high, hard walls—is just a start. They craft a waterfront that’s more like a beach than a bulwark: a soft urban edge that welcomes waves, drinks them up and puts them to work, and lets floodwaters ebb without drama.”
The future could involve dismantling the seawall, ringing the harbor with wetlands, and embracing the city’s maritime identity. This seems at first like surrender—throw open the floodgates, let in the tides—but it’s more like jujitsu engineering. A mushy, absorbent coastline is nature’s defense against storm surges, and it doesn’t need a tryout: We know it works.”
Municipal Art Society NYC’s vide on a vision for the waterfront:
Clip from Municipal Art Society, NYC watefront teaser, “City of Water”:
Artist Bruce Odland’s outdoor listening project at NYC Battery Park: “Blue Moon”
Scientific Project at Lake Champlain, a partnership with the USGS and a local TV station:
“Wildzones”: one of many projects seeking to create open-ended spaces for outdoor play for kids.
Funky Forest media interactive environment:
Oslo Opera House: directly dips into the water
Global Warming Exhibit at the Teknik Museum in Oslo: visitors put on rubber boots to walk around the space of a giant melting block of ice (photo by Gyroscope):
NYT article on the power of people and animals at the Gulf:
Seattle’s Center for the Wooden Boat:
Great museum which is using the technique of teaching people to sail and care for wooden boats and therefore building visitor ship AND retaining a skillset.
Seattle Waterfront redevelopment tour: using the new seawall design to restore and support habitats:
MWA Town Docks:
Teaching standards & education: ocean science mesh nicely with new emphasis on learning standards: Learning & teaching ocean sciences: A complex systems approach
We as interpreters, preservers, have great opportunities in terms of native and contemporary history, aquaculture science, culture to create rich connections with the city landscape and waterfront.
It doesn’t have to be big, it doesn’t have to be permanent.
Change over time, ritualize the exhibits; “seasonalize”.
Landscape elements and civic infrastructure provides a familiar physical framework for interpretation and exhibits. From pathways, to railings and manhole covers- these objects can be interpreted, supplemented and ambushed where possible and appropriate.
Of course plug into the social web.
Partnerships with local agencies, groups, and model from best practices of other cities.
“It's a Communication Challenge, Not a Scientific Challenge” – Josh Dorfman
“How many people could we fit in Greenland once that ice melts?” – Stephen Colbert
“My fate and the oceans are the same fate? I don’t live in the ocean. I ain’t got gills, why should I care what happens in the deep blue?” ” – Stephen Colbert
“We eat a lot of fish, I mean, that’s supposed to be the healthy food. That’s where I get my mercury. ” – Stephen Colbert
“What should we do about global warming? I say take a wait and swim approach” – Stephen Colbert
“Thanks to global warming, we've almost defeated the iceberg menace. Leonardo Di Caprio, you did not die in vain! ” – Stephen Colbert
“All the year from spring to
Water is a lovely thing.” - Julia W. Wolfe
“The idea is to use the landscape as a playground and nature as the play element” – Mark Francis, Landscape Architect UC Davis
“Ideally a childs play space should never be finished, it should be in a constant sate of change.” – Susan Goltsman, Principal at Moore Iacofano Goltsman
“Kids Don’t Need Equipment, They Need Opportunity” – Ellen Ruppel Shell, 1994