We believe that innovation and the collective imagination are fundamental to our survival, in order to overcome the catastrophic visions surrounding climate change. We ask, how can we transform this global, critical situation into a catalyst for renewal and profound change on a personal scale to the collective commons? Rather than being subjected to change, we at Klima propose positivity and creativity as tools for building resilience and adapting to future developments. Through Klima, we hope to value, share and connect those who consider, design and experiment coastal adaptations to rising seas and a climate in flux.
The global phenomena caused by the effects of climate change will irredeemably modify inhabited and natural spaces. Rising temperatures (air and water), extreme heat and rain events, storm surge, sea level rise … are all specific and localized but also cumulative phenomena and global. They will disrupt ecosystems, lifestyles, human and animal migrations, and our occupation of space and land use. It is thus essential, to redefine the relationship that we have with our environment through the prism of these major changes.
Coastlines are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change: the Mississippi Delta is gradually sinking, the Langue de Barbarie off the coast of Saint-Louis in Senegal giving way in places, the shores of the Philippines ravaged by tsunamis, and the first climate refugees from the Vanuatu Islands, are only a few examples.
Shorelines reveal the perpetual movements of time and embody a continual transformation. These landscapes are the interface between land and sea. In this place of rupture and transition, we bear witness to impermanence as structure. From here, shorelines lead us to imagine flexible and evolving design processes.
Klima formed around an exploration of shorelines because they bear the weight of our contemporary problems on a global scale, and as such, are fields of study of universal value. The unlimited horizon, the nourishing shore, the seaside myth, the call of deep water, the hope for a better life, the international trade, the ecosystems of rare richness and the foreseeable consequences of climate change… Polysemous, coastlines carry environmental, societal, and poetic challenges.
We believe that it is essential to emphasize connective tissu between objects: the interrelation between rivers and the high seas, the interface between land and sea or the complementarity of approaches and uses. It is only by developing this vein of thought that we will be able to create more flexible and resilient adaptations to ongoing changes. Adaptation requires an ecosystem-based understanding, where interdependencies are paramount, rather than sectoral or analytical approaches.
The artificial boundaries between disciplines and scale relationships fall away. We wish to broach these topics through systemic approach with a global comprehension of interrelated ecosystems. This philosophy of connections and resonances leads us to connect processes from the designer, scientific, technical and social fields.We have chosen to develop our approach, entitled Klima, in four directions: a community, a world map highlighting emerging coastal adaptation projects, a journal to deepen selected themes, and the opportunity to experiment and practice in turn.
The Klima collective shares a common interest in transgressing the boundaries between architecture, landscape and climate. Originally trained in architecture, we cultivate a hybridization and openness towards other fields of practice and study. This polysemous view nourishes our reflections and forms our desire discover and welcome world-views. We believe collective thought is necessary in order to have collective action. This project is built in collaboration with members of a greater Klimatic community in order to lead joint reflections and actions.
The Converging Coastlines Cartography project maps coastal resiliency projects world-wide. These projects are multi-disciplinary, ranging from landscape ecology to art and philosophy and everything in between. The map includes research and experimental projects, as well as urban and landscape planning projects using, predominately ecosystem-based solutions (natural and human). Each project article cites its references and links to the original sources so that the site visitor can explore and further discover the initiative independently.
The Converging Coastlines map highlights innovative initiatives in France and around the world, shining a light on the emergence of new models and a diversity of solutions. We want to show projects an systemic approach to adaption both spatially and temporally.
The longterm goal is to develop this map as a collaborative model that is enriched through partnerships in France and internationally.
We give a voice to those who think, test, experiment and create coastal adaptation through our article publication platform. The articles allow a deepening of the reflections on adaptation while resolutely maintaining a positive vision of the future.
These magazines and collections of articles will be conceived according to the concept of Zeugma, terminology borrowed from the stylistic figure of the same name, which combines two meanings, one of a concrete sense and the other in an abstract sense, around a common term.
Several fields of thought coming from the scientific world and the artistic world dialogue, around a common theme of reflection.Each collection of articles will take form differently depending the focus of said collection. These may include reports, interviews, articles, etc. Publications may also be accompanied by short video interviews, photo reports or podcasts.
While our main ambition is to highlight and connect emerging projects, we are also driven by the desire to put our ideas into practice. We rely on the cyclical and evolving process of action/research to co-create a desired future. It seems essential to us to invent new methods and new forms of work where the value of the process equals the result.