FUTURE OF DAMS
This studio is part of a larger NSF EPSCoR grant involving scientists, social scientists, and designers across six universities in New England. The objective was to study the effectiveness of 2D and 3D tools to help assist communities making decisions about the future of the dams located in their watersheds. The products and processes developed in this studio will be further developed and deployed in later stages of the grant.
The studio spent the semester researching the complexities involving the dams and the trade-offs regarding keeping, modifying, or removing the dams. Apart from researching the complexities and trade-offs regarding dams in New England, we designed a charrette that convenes a group of stakeholders to discuss the future of a specific dam. We began by researching the regulatory, hydrological, political, cultural, and ecological systems that have shaped the Pawcatuck River in Southwest Rode Island. In the final stage of the studio we developed landscape scenarios and visualizations for the Potter Hill Dam, one of the last remaining dams on the Pawcatuck River.
The Future of Dams, 2016
Research /Charrette Design