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Master of Architecture (MArch)
As I observe the different ways human civilization interacts with water, I reflect on how I have interacted with it personally, in Califronia and Hawai’i. I also learn about the largest water-controlling infrastructure in China and its effects on the land and people. In Providence, I notice the infrastructure around the canal that keeps the water in. This relationship to water is unique to a post-colonial world where water is a commodity in which we spectate. What relationships did people have with water before we polluted the waters and created all this concrete infrastructure around it?
Through listening to Lorén M. Spears, member of the Narragansett Tribe, we begin to understand a different relationship. The environment we currently observe is documented but obstructed through these lenses I’ve created with glass. In obstructing our current perception, the visual and auditory effects are meant to create a space of reflection and questioning.
Li, Tian, "Water Relations, Understanding Our Relationship to Water: Through Research, Diagrams, and Glass" (2023). Masters Theses. 1056.
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