Coastal Urbanism


The Master’s thesis project develops a new model urbanism using space that is typically considered unsuitable for development. This included land within the FEMA-designated 100-year flood line and stretching outward into the harbor. The prototype uses six building models, which densify the zone between the 100-year flood line on land, and the federally designated shipping channel along the Charles River in Boston.

Unique conditions come into play when the traditional boundaries of development along a coast are erased. New urban conditions arise that relate piers to streets and marinas to garages, while designating a new role for public interaction with the waterfront.

The thesis imagines a coastal city’s development unrestrained by coastlines and shortages of land.