In a 10-week residency at PS1 MoMA in Long Island City, New York, Kristen Becker worked with an interdisciplinary team of architects, landscape architects and an ecologist tasked with developing soft-infrastructure strategies to deal with the complications of rising sea levels. Conceived as a way to build on an existing body of research studying of effect rising sea levels on the upper New York harbor coastline.


 "The exhibition grew out of an AIA Latrobe prize-winning research project by Guy Nordenson, Catherine Seavitt, and Adam Yarinsky, which explored sea level rise in New York Harbor."


Architect teams including ARO, dlandstudio, Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis, nArchitects, Matthew Baird Architects, and SCAPE.were selected by MoMA/PS1 to think about long-term infrastructure changes for the Harbor. teams participated in an architect-in-residence program in 2009 at PS1 MoMA. The solutions on view in the exhibition present new ways to occupy the Harbor with adaptive “soft” infrastructures.

Our project site was Zone 2: Bayonne, NJ and the north shore of Staten Island. We began by looking at the global impact of sea level rise and in the end approached the 'problem' with the idea of transforming local waste, from glass to dredge to CSO overflow, into ecologically productive strategies-developing a series of proposals that could work to create and protect habitat. The project was on view from March 24 – October 11, 2010


AIA New York State Design Award of Excellence

Team: Matthew Baird, Kira Appelhans, Kristen Becker, Nim Lee, Ajay Manthripragada, Maria Milans del Bosch


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MoMA Exhibit 



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