Multispecies Playground

When imagining a future of increased intermittent flooding and sea level rise, we need to ask how our current coastal park infrastructure will affect and be affected by its ecosystem.

In response to this challenge, I created Multispecies Playground, a modular system of concrete tubes that functions as a playground while above ground and as a home for underwater life as sea level rises. Its form and nondirective function were informed by a series of co-design workshops with 5th graders from PS 372 in Red Hook.

The structure will not only provide a space for human children to grow and play and but also for oyster larvae to grow into oyster reefs, forming a timeline of multispecies use.