Elevated Metamorphosis

Architectural Theory + Design


A design for resilient and vibrant cities in response to sea level rise.

Elevated Metamorphosis is a design proposal that reacts to predictions of extreme sea level rise in coastal cities around the world. The design started with the question: Can we design infrastructure that prepares and supports our cities for dramatic climate changes without being forced to abandon them? 


The design would brace the building structure below the water level, and branch out above the new "ground plane", lifting city systems, connecting existing infrastructure, and elevating human life.

This proposal is a resilient approach to future climate challenges, and allows for cities to remain inhabitable in the future. It is a transformative design that encourages us to look at cities and infrastructure in an unfamiliar and somewhat frightening way, but responds to potential problems with a solution that reinvents human experience and life between buildings.


In order to solve future problems, it is crucial to look to the potential of new technologies and tools in order to answer questions that we have yet to ask. 

The fabrication of this new system will harness the potential of temporary cranes, robotics, and drone technology to weave together the intricate system.


Technologies will be implemented to brace the buildings, while flooded floors are deconstructed, leaving building supports and open water ways below the new grid. Transportation tubes are then constructed and transit hub nodes are formed around them


The new, urban environment will be composed of programmatic elements that respond to the uniqueness of each city's history, culture, and community.

Some of these programmatic elements within the nodes include civic spaces, green spaces, government facilities, transportation hubs, public art venues, bicycle and pedestrian paths, and schools. This new public program will connect people to each other as well as surrounding buildings and transit lines.