MARC 520. Morgan Harper. “Dry Dock No.4.” Boston, Massachusetts. Fall 2019.
Dry Dock No. 4 in Boston’s Seaport District is part of a master plan aiming to restore life to a post-industrial shoreline. This proposal builds upon past solutions that softened the urbanscape and allowed natural ecosystems to form, in order to mitigate rising sea levels. It celebrates natural processes of deterioration, recognizing water as a powerful force, and uses natural processes of time, allowing the site to heal. Rather than disregarding the site's history, the new building rests within the dock, suggesting what once was, while the proposal leaves one of two piers untouched, allowing new micro ecosystems to form.