Rebuilding for Resiliency: New Jersey Shore

In Fall 2013, the Department of Landscape Architecture focused all advanced studios – graduate and undergraduate – on design and planning issues facing New Jersey shore communities as a result of Super Storm Sandy.  Approximately 70 students participated in the four studios.  Each studio was unique due to the area of study or engagement, the instructor’s approach to teaching, and the focus of the studio (i.e. housing, regional, ecological planning, etc.). All the studios addressed climate change, sea level rise, infrastructure resiliency, community rebuilding, and future scenarios for development.  The studios worked together to coordinate lectures by experts, field trips, and reviews.  Students’ work was focused on their studio project but there was also a sense of shared purpose and connection with other studios at the same time. 

Intermediate Design Studio (11:550:331)
Instructors:  Pippa Brashear and David Smith
Students: Juniors
Area of study: Monmouth County

Advanced Design Studio (11:550:431)
Instructors:  Wolfram Hoefer and David Hanrahan
Students: Seniors
Area of engagement: Union Beach

MLA Year Two – Housing Studio (16:550:535)
Instructor: Kate Higgins
Students: Graduate students in their second year
Area of engagement: Long Beach Island

MLA  – Regional Landscape Design Studio (16:550:533)
Instructor: David Tulloch
Students:  Graduate students in their third year
Area of study: Ocean County, with specific attention to Little Egg Harbor Township, Stafford Township, Tuckerton Borough, and Eagleswood Township

The videos capture the processes underway over the course of the fall semester.  The first video describes the department’s commitment to engaged teaching and outlines the overall Sandy Resiliency project. This is followed by a short video for each studio that includes images from fieldwork, studio time, and reviews.  Through interviews with faculty and students, you will hear individual perspectives on the studio experience and work.  Examples of student work are interspersed in each video as well.

We hope you enjoy this view into our work.


Introduction to the project, including goals and approach

 


Advanced Design Studio, Union Beach, NJ

 


MLA Year Two – Housing Studio, Long Beach Island, NJ

 


MLA Year Three - Regional Landscape Design Studio, Ocean County, with specific attention to Little Egg Harbor Township, Stafford Township, Tuckerton Borough, and Eagleswood Township


Intermediate Design Studio - Regional Landscape Design Studio, Monmonth County


Graduate student Tekla Pontius Courtney reflects on her design process as it relates to the sand dune dynamics.