Globally, population growth has begun to push the bounds of our environment. As we attempt to grapple with this issue, we often turn to science and technology as a means for solving the problem. However, some problems cannot be solved technically. In the “Tragedy of the Commons,” Garrett Hardin recognizes these types of phenomena as “non-technical,” or those which cannot be resolved through science or technology. Non-technical solutions require a collective mind-set change. Population growth and global warming are two such issues.
This thesis uses Hook of Holland in the Netherlands as a case study for how architecture can reveal non-technical solutions for site issues. By engaging the highly temporal boundaries of the dunescape, the transience of the landscape is highlighted and distinguished from that of the local town.
Status: School Project
Location: Hook of Holland, NL