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Niebla

Speculations on the political poetics of fog

 
 
 

Niebla

PROJECT TEAM
Sara Zewde with Hector Tarrido-Picart

AWARDS
Pamphlet Architecture Competition, 2nd Prize

Dead Horse Bay sits just 12 miles from the bronze Charging Bull in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan. Niebla is a speculative project that proposes topographic intervention at the bottom of the bay to accelerate the transformation of the energy of the threat — water and wind — and, quite literally, vaporize it. This fog-generating landscape anchors the development of a houseboat community out over the sea. Niebla employs the political poetics of fog’s atmospheric qualities: it blurs, it flattens, it intimacizes, it slows.  In fog, we can create an ideal urban condition: a connected withdrawal. The newly programmed bathymetry of Dead Horse Bay breaks storm surge and expands the intertidal ecologies of the bay. However, the protection Niebla provides New York City is only an ancillary effect; for, in the end, protection of the city is a fallacy. Niebla is the world the City necessitated.

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