Flexure

  • Christopher Andras, B.Arch. 2018
  • Hometown Laguna Beach, California
  • Class ARCH 2101 Core Design Studio II (fall 2014)
  • Instructor Visiting Critic Sasa Zivkovic

Flexure serves as a selectively permeable membrane to allow transport on different scales.

Inspired by the history of the Montezuma Wetlands, Flexure also seeks to change how visitors (human or otherwise) interact with the site. The site was drained in 1817 during the construction of the Erie Canal system but was designated a bird refuge in 1938 by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Human visitors tour the site by car along a predetermined path to view various species of birds migrating during the summer. During the migration, birds stop at the wetlands where the water levels have lowered during the summer months to feed from the mud flats and increased growth of vegetation. Water regulation is common within the wetlands to maintain the balance of vegetation and wildlife. In order to change how visitors interact with the wetlands, Flexure creates several spaces that demonstrate how water can influence the built environment and vice versa. The dam elucidates the reciprocal relationship of water and the built environment. Water and site influence Flexure, which then controls water levels.