Final stop in our 1-year-later-tour along the Jersey Shore: The Ortley Beach Voters and Taxpayers Association. For years they have been protesting for dunes and beach replenishments in their hard-hit community of Ortley Beach. The interview we had last year with their former board member Kathy is one I still remember very well. This time, … More Back to the US! Last Stop: Ortley Beach
During the visit last year, the interview with the Surfrider Foundation was something I really looked forward to. With their initiative of Rethinking the Jersey Shore, they seemed like one of the few organizations that really advocates structural change of the landscape for a sustainable future of the Shore. After a bit of pushing I got an … More Back to the US! Part 4: Surfrider Foundation
So, the unbelievable happened today. One of the main inspirations for the dune crossing/memorial design in my thesis, was the art of Roddy Wildeman. He is an artist based along the Jersey Shore who collected debris wood after Sandy and turned it into these amazing art pieces. The art reuses sherds of memories and stories from the … More Art After Sandy: Meeting Roddy Wildeman
Remember these guys from the film? The great surfer couple talking about their experiences during Sandy and how it brought them together to the point where they got engaged? Well guess what: A year later, they are actually getting married! Unfortunately this means that they are not here at the moment, so I can’t show them … More Next Stop: Shaun & Marilyn
Finally back at the place we were last summer! After a short walk we can see the town of Ocean Grove as a good example of combining a boardwalk with dunes. Definitively gets an At The Edge-Stamp of Approval!! At some places the dunes were established earlier than at other places, so you can really see … More Back to the US! Part 3: Jersey Shore
Second stop of the At The Edge tour is at Sandy Hook! Mike Schwebel, climate adaptation and social resilience expert working at Sea Grant, helped out a lot during our visit last year. See for example the blogs on our warm welcome and the Interview and Tour on Sandy Hook. Today, we were welcome to show the results … More Back to the US! Part 2 – Sandy Hook
Yes yes yes, the moment is finally here! I am back in the US! Last summer, Anouk and I spend 6 weeks on the Jersey Shore as fieldwork for my thesis and to shoot the film. Now, after many months of hard work, the research, film and design are finished and it is time to … More Back to the US! Part 1 – Philadelphia!
The thesis might be officially over, but in practice we are already busy planning the follow-up! Below are some of the plans we have for the coming months: Back to NJ! This spring, I am planning to return to Asbury Park. The goal is to go back to everyone who helped us last year and … More The Follow-Up
So the final week of the thesis was finally here! On February 16th 2016, students, teachers, family and friends gathered to see the colloquium of At The Edge: Research, Film and Design on the Coastal Landscape of New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy. The presentation went well, followed by good questions from the audience and a … More Grand Finale: Colloquium and Film Premiere!
Welcome to the physical world, At The Edge! Yesterday the reports and booklets were delivered! The report is a clean and colourful letter-size booklet, American standard paper because of the topic, obviously. The dvd booklet opens like an invitation with a dvd sticker to match the rest of the layout. Both products are brought together … More Welcome to the Physical World, At The Edge!