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Oleksandra Topolnytska

Oleksandra Topolnytska

Ann Arbor, MI, US

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Rising Above: Formalizing Life with Inundation

For many people around the world, the impact of flooding on impoverished communities appears catastrophic. When such catastrophes afflict more wealthy communities in larger cities and towns, the common response is to abandon homes and neighborhoods because of fear of flooding. For the poorest and most isolated communities, fleeing is not an option. Instead, they have learned how to accept the flood not as a disaster, but as a material condition of urbanity and as an aspect of everyday life. They have dealt with rising and moving water for their entire lives and are not frightened by its fluctuations. The primary thesis of Rising Above is to naturalize the unconventional common perception of life during the flood through architectural formalization.

 
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Status: School Project
Location: Careiro da Várzea, BR
My Role: Thesis
Additional Credits: Thesis Instructor: McLain Clutter

 
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