Adare Brown

A material research project undertaken in an option studio at Yale’s School of Architecture.  This project received a nomination for Feldman Prize.

I was curious how this Tidal Marsh was managed today and to what extent the State of Connecticut—who owns the wetlands—conceives the health of this marsh as a problem. Professor Benoit, who has received grant monies to study heavy metals in this marsh, informed me that there are no plans to remove the phragmites or undertake restoration work on the marsh. Restoration itself is a funny word. Restore to what? And how is the ‘restored’ landscape maintained? I was in the first instance interested in landscapes of inattention. I found the Quinnipiac Tidal Marsh’s nearly nonvisual relationship with its surround—obscured as it is from the primary urban fabric by highways, small industrial use, landfill, and box malls—fascinating. I was interested in practices that might cultivate attention towards this land. Once captured or sustained it seems this attention could provide means for ecological engagement. I felt there was opportunity, entertainment, and meaning to be found in bringing broader human attention to the marsh. I looked for a productive purpose that the Phragmites could be conscripted into. At the failure of weaving, I was attracted to a non-woven textile: papermaking.

Yale School of Architecture, 2021
Critic: Abeer Seikaly