Approximately 40% of people across the globe are living within 100 kilometers of coastal and riverine environments. This means that three‐quarters of the world’s mega‐cities and critical infrastructure are situated next to the ocean and will be required to adapt to fluctuating sea levels over the next century. This adaptation will be a monumental task, requiring huge adjustments in the physical location of cities and the construction of new forms of barriers and mediations through levees, sea walls, and control structures. This project is working to choreograph natural riverine processes and global sensing systems and models to construct coastal environments.
While this area of research is still nascent, it holds promise for engaging highly dynamic systems and utilizing their energy to curate new terrains provides a mechanism for massive change with minimal input. The feedback between sensing systems and landscape modification creates a construction methodology that is highly modifiable and challenges current methods of complex systems simulation and static infrastructure. This work will build stronger links to the science of sediment transport and rigorous design speculation.