A Proposal for a Restorative Future: Island House in Laguna Grande, Corpus Christi, Texas11/10/2020 01:03PM ● By Luis Arjona
Suburban sprawl, Climate Change, rising sea levels, and environmental displacement are issues that consume the general population. However, they also affect the Coastal Bend and overshadow the benefits and luxury of living in the area. Home to beautiful beaches, a research-based institution renowned for environmental work, an array of ecosystems from which we can learn, and a community that aims to preserves the beauty of the Coastal Bend. Though coverage does not meet the frequency of Houston, Austin, or San Antonio, our proximity to the ocean and wildlife is unrivaled.
Analyzing Laguna Madre in Corpus Christi, Texas, OFFPOLINN, in collaboration with Patrick Craine, offers perspective into what reconciliation ecology can contribute to a form of dwelling on the island. Laguna Madre is one of the biggest wild island-barriers in the world. OFFPOLINN acknowledges the site's importance as a habitat to a variety of mammals and coastal species. Endangered by the ever-growing effects of Climate Change and the malignant threat of acidity increasing in the coastal water incrementally.
Andres Jaque describes The Island House as "…a device that contributes to care for the complex fabric of life the lagoon is composed of." Preserving Laguna Madre with the intent of reusing rainfall to combat varying acidity levels, the house demonstrates a reciprocating relationship with its site. Through the mediation of toxicity and drought, the house serves the surrounding environment more than a structure acting as a container for its inhabitants. Could the future of architecture and engineering be moving towards a more intentional effort to exist in this world?
Learning more about the project was an excellent opportunity to see how the Coastal Bend can be reimagined. Seeing work produced by a project team that illustrates an endearing touch to provide solutions or think of possible futures for an area full of potential makes me happy. The notion of a city being overlooked is not uncommon. Thank you to the project team at OFFPOLINN for the beautiful work. Their website has more information on projects they have worked on around the world. Consider perusing the possibilities of architecture. This firm is an excellent source of how the profession can engage people, environments, and movements.
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