To engage with water is to engage with time. Tides rise and fall, registering where we are in time. We perceive space through the various timescales of hours, days, seasons, and years. Time is both cyclical and linear. How do our actions today shape our experiences of the future? This thesis seeks to protect our coast by creating a future filled with waterfront enjoyment through the acts of creation, participation, and competition.

The coast of Vancouver stands to be dramatically redefined within the next 100 years. Protecting the city from the effects of sea level rise necessitates the redefinition of the coast. The key in protecting ourselves from the destructive effects of water is to engage with water. The impending problems facing our coast brings along with it opportunities.

Introducing: the Cradle. The Cradle is a collaborative maker space with direct access to the water. Local woodworkers, overseen by a shop steward, can take up residency in this space to work on boats, canoes or other woodworking projects while sharing the space. The Cradle is also slated to become the home for an annual design competition.

Scot Hein
Andrew Pask
Leslie Van Duzer [CHAIR]