The studio project proposes a series of testing grounds for hydrological energy generating devices located at the edge of the Boston Harbor's 'innovation district,' the slated location for a host of new high-tech business incubators.
It seeks to combine energy generation with a pleasure-seeker's sense of wonder. Its dam-like forms are employed to store and accrue energy from the daily tide in a series of large pools, each of which uses the gravity potential of the water contained to test the efficiency of new energy generating devices. The pools are also comparable to closed, flooded quarries: they are sites where members of the public can hike, swim, and boat.
The manipulation of the site's ground is used to create varying states of "energized water", but is at the same time organized for public, pleasure-seeking access, and for private, high-tech use. Waves can be produced and directed for the harvesting of surface energy; high- and low-current underwater turbines of varying size can be tested under controlled conditions; wet bio-fuels can grow in either dark or sunlit conditions; spaces can be made to flood or evacuate on command. In the same spaces, members of the public can go to the gym, participate in various watersports, swim, hike, and explore the social side of energy generation.
Rising Water Architecture Studio with Marc Tsurumaki, Fall 2010.