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The Project

There is no one solution that fits all of the scenarios across the Chesapeake Bay region. Adapting to a rising Chesapeake will require changes in our building codes and zoning laws, it will hinge on important court cases about land ownership, and it will be different for every community. 

Project Stages

1. Selecting a Site
2. Designing the Landscape
3. Designing the Pump House
4. Designing an Education Center
Step 1

How can We Adapt?

A holistic approach is needed in our adaption to a rising Chesapeake. We need to balance protecting our history and culture yet realize that some things might not be defendable. The Chesapeake Bay has a complex waterfront, 

Making Room for the Water


In the coming decade, we need to make room for the Chesapeake to grow. The sea level rise that is expected in this period is not detrimental to our marshlands or our towns, but we should use this period to educate those at risk and to make the smaller adaptation that have a huge influence on our ability to handle storm surges and high tides. 


Hold Back the Water


By the end of 2050, we should be well on our way to having a system of levies, dykes, and locks to protect both the built and natural environment. 


Franklin Point State Park

After surveying numerous sites in South County, Franklin Point State Park was selected. The 477 acre park is a largely untouched point of land, saved from development after the Airport that was there closed in the eighties, at the intersection of three creeks on the southeastern side of the peninsula. Thanks to this, a possible water-management project could be in control of roughly 20-30% of Shady Side's watershed. The site is representative of the many Chesapeake Bay ecologies, providing opportunities to study and preserve each of these... 


Step 2. 

Designing the Landscape

How can we design a barrier that keeps out a rising Chesapeake yet allows its life to pass through it? That is the question Step 2 tackles while drawing the lines of what will become "artificial" land or wash below the waters.

2. Designing the Landscape

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The Virginia Tech student behind this project has spent his five years in the Bachelor of Architecture program designing an education 

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