Tracing Tides

Tracing Tides

Noam Shokeid

Following the shape of the tidal range conditions found in the Bay of Fundy, this project proposes a nomadic settlement whose structure fluctuates along the bay, taking the form of the changing water currents. Maximizing the process of tidal energy generation, the floating settlement provides energy for the entire province of Nova Scotia.

In representing the natural forces and water patterns evident in the bay, this project calls for a re-examination of conventional practices of sustainable design and for a re-embracement of nature into architectural discourse.

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