Students: Sabrina Girard-Lamas, Andrée-Anne Godin, Jeth Guerrero, Nicole Lee, Daniela Lopes, Tristan Sito
Instructors: Rosetta Sarah Elkin, Kiel Moe, and Salmaan Craig
Studio: Arch 672
Year/Term: Fall 2020
Shoreline erosion and climate change inevitably lead to the retreat of communities. We commit to a comparative response to human and soil movement through dynamic policies in Sainte-Luce and Sainte-Flavie, in the Bas-St-Laurant. We suggest designing a process of building and unbuilding centered around a rolling easement policy to mitigate the drawbacks of anthropogenic and natural disturbances. Through this framework, we will foster a conversation with locals on transformative building processes from the shoreline to the inland. (e.g., construction ecology, adaptive reuse, program flexibility, etc.) With water levels rising, the beaches and wetlands move inland in a lengthy process that can take up to hundreds of years. Hard shoreline protections, such as seawalls and rip raps, are short-term solutions that worsen erosion over time. The intention of a rolling easement in Sainte-Luce is to change the building construction mentality. Our proposed rolling easement policy would happen in 3 phases. Every year, about 1.25 m of private land would be sold to the municipal government. This cycle should be adjusted depending on the speed of water rising and other conditions, such as soil composition, wind velocity, precise slope evaluation of the topography, among others. The intention behind a rolling easement amendment is to slow down the migration of the coast inland, plan for phases 2 and 3 but ultimately avoid them. A seaweed focused institution situated along the coastline provides an opportunity to engage directly with the water. In the context of a rolling easement policy, parts of the facility will be phased out to synchronize with the projected retreat.