ARCH 502A: Architectural Design V Gallery: Proving Ground: UNESCO's Laboratories

Golfo Nuevo Sea Rise Laboratory

This project proposes the creation of a Sea Level Rise laboratory in the Golfo Nuevo area of Southern Argentina; the laboratory would have a main hub with satellite facilities distributed across the gulf and the nearby Peninsula Valdes World Heritage site. The Peninsula is known for its diversity of sea life, including migrating population of whales and seals. Puerto Madryn, a nearby small city with an aluminum plant as its main industry, is constructed close to the shoreline and this would be deeply affected by sea level rise. With climate change affecting both World Heritage site and city, this project imagines how Puerto Madryn might survive these changes, reorient its industry and benefit from the tourism revenue that the Peninsula Valdes would bring.