Authors/Contributors

Francis McKloskey

Document Type

Thesis, Senior

Publication Date

Spring 2014

Degree

B. ARCH

Keywords

Water, Aral Sea, Irrigation, Ecology, McKloskey

Language

English

Disciplines

Architecture

Description/Abstract

A large transitional body of water shared by Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, the Aral Sea was once the fourth largest inland Sea on Earth, dried due to Soviet Irrigation practices.

Nine years ago, with the support of the World Bank, the Kazakh government finished the construction of a 14km dyke to raise the level of the sea in the North, restoring its ecology as a massive constructed landscape.

Since then, the water level, and therefore regional ecology, is regulated by a 50m concrete spillway.

As a currently inexistant interface between tourism and fishing industries on site, this project investigated the capacity of architecture to expose the role of the Kok-Aral spillway within its larger sociopolitical network with the introduction of a seasonally interchangeable program.

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