faulders studio: 'raydike'   rising tides competition
jul 31, 2009
faulders studio: 'raydike' rising tides competition


‘raydike’ by faulders studio

the san francisco bay conservation and development commission (BCDC) recently
hosted an international architecture competition for ideas responding to sea levels rising
in san francisco bay and beyond.

american firm faulders studio designed was one of the six winners of the rising tide
competition for their project ‘raydike’.


the ‘raydike’ network closely follows the shoreline

‘raydike’ is a temporary laser light marker system that accurately maps a hypothetical
barrier network to protect bay area cities from rising waters caused by climate change.


view of raydike laser light barrier depicts a potentially 30ft tall dike encompassing san francisco

the ‘raydike’ proposal is a bold and necessary next step towards raising political
capital and public awareness to the impact that an estimated 55 inch water level rise
will have on the san francisco bay in 100 years.

by mapping directly upon the bay how a large, standard earthen dike system lining
the coast would appear, complete with accurate elevation heights and geographic locations.
‘raydike’ is a real time knowledge and awareness system. additionally once deployed
its presence could begin to stem the flow of new urban development into affected low
lying areas and would initiate the process for tidal zone land reclamation.


‘raydike’ emitter node section

the ‘raydike’ network relies on the bay’s unique atmospheric condition for intermittent
low lying and year round fog and uses a laser light beam system that projects potential
barrier elevations through the dense night air under favorable conditions. the result is
a hypothetical and realistic depiction of tall barrier walls surrounding urban cores
and coursing through natural tidal shores.

light emitter nodes are self powering using existing wave generation technology
and the open truss vertical emitter nodes offer proven methods for seeding fish and shellfish
farms underwater. the project can also be deployed to other cities around the world,
where an atmosphere of water, mist and fog are often present further aiding in the cause
for global action.


diagram showing proposed locations for raydike barriers (light blue depicts zones of flooding)


depictions illustrate problematic impacts associated with standard dike system

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