DELTA CITY

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  • Chaewoo Rhee
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  • Committee: Mark Anderson | Gary Black | Peter Bosselman
  • oceans, rivers + architecture

The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is facing tremendous problems related to policy, economy, culture and ecology. One of the most critical issues in the Delta is the possibility of levee failure which will result in the mass-flooding of the central valley leaving agriculture and the delta community in ruins. Given the age of these levees, water erosion and California’s vulnerability to earthquakes the possibility of this failure is almost guaranteed. Instead of concentrating on the repair of the existing levees this thesis examines how artificial infrastructures can evolve and adapt to unpredictable environmental changes.