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Index of the Isles: A Valorizing of the Channels within the English Channel

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Design Studio Design Studio 7
Year 1

Index of the Isles: A Valorizing of the Channels within the English Channel explores erosion, deposition and flooding in
relation to desire lines. It is fundamental to mark or document
changes taking place on a landscape, linking each change to its
cause, as this forms part of the history and culture of a place. In respect to movement of people, it acknowledges the presence of such people on the land in question.

In the context of this project, desire lines are depicted as ‘fractured landscape’ resulting from the movement of earth or soil via erosion, deposition or flooding, and the impact of human processes. The design responds by acknowledging movement that took place creating unique, valuable landscapes with notable character. The design brings forth interventions which support clean and healthy environments, and protect the landscape from vulnerability which can be brought about by climate change.

The project aims to reimagine the sharp borders of the isles as something more porous. This is done through instantiating various forms of movement, studying the sediments of the site as a tool to reveal the patterns of movement that could have taken place.

Site Investigation and Design Process

Site Investigation and Design Process

The soil and its surrounding ecology holds information that is used to come to conclusions on movement, life and death on the site not only today, but historically.

Necropolitics as a Design Principle

The soil and its surrounding ecology holds information that is used to come to conclusions on movement, life and death on the site not only today, but historically.

Detail Plan

Many laboratory studies have investigated how particle size affects erosion thresholds;
however they have focused primarily on non-cohesive sediments to minimize the
confounding effects of cohesion. These studies demonstrate that the erosion threshold
is positively correlated to particle size (cf. Dade et al., 1992)
Studying the clays of the site is used as a tool to reveal the patterns of movement that
could’ve taken place

Soil Investigations

Studying the clay soil of the site provides a tool to reveal the patterns of movement that could have taken place.

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