• Week 1 - Defining Ideas For a Shifting Shorline

    Week 1 - Defining Ideas For a Shifting Shorline

    The first week of the Summer Program focused
    on inventory, analysis, and visioning for the Sausalito waterfront.
    Students were working as a group, the students will examine the
    area’s natural and man-made systems to understand the dynamic
    forces that shape the Sausalito waterfront (approximately 100
    acres). These systems include historic, socio-economic/cultural,
    transportation, land use, topographic form & building massing,
    hydrologic, ecological, and climate (including sea level rise). The end
    result will be an analytical framework that considers stakeholder
    concerns and documents systemic forces, and provides a base of
    information for each student to generate an initial reaction/vision
    for the site’s next 100 years.

  • Week 2: Urban Design

    Week 2: Urban Design

    Hyunjoo Nam proposed public shoreline spaces and infrastructure in response to future sea level rise. Although smaller patches of wetlands dot the Richardson Bay shoreline, large tracts exist in the some parts. Living shorelines benefit society. Wetlands filter pollutants out of water, sequester carbon, provide recreational open space, and create critical habitat for fish, wildlife and millions of organisms that live in tidal mud and are the basis of aquatic food chains. To protect vatious natural sources, this design proposes an “Intertidal Park” that can amplify different experiences of high and low tide.

  • Week 3: SCI ART Discovery Center

    Week 3: SCI ART Discovery Center

    Hyunjoo Nam was intrigued by the texture of the existing condition of two piers, changing the two piers into the main pier, which also has a floatation structure as a main attraction. These devices can capture small amounts of tidal wave energy at each location. Tidal energy generators can not only produce electricity, but also protect existing communities and new communities from inundation.
    This area not only attracts visitors for its natural resources and recreation, but also for the houseboat community in Sausalito. Specifically, she proposed an intertidal park system along the bay area to explore coastal ecologies, which have the potential to become a natural park system including wetlands, wildlife habitat, tidal ponds and tidal piers.

  • Week 4: Object Design

    Week 4: Object Design

    These devices can capture a small amount of tidal wave energy at each location, produce electricity, and protect existing communities and new communities from inundation.
    In this diagram of an Oscillating water column (OWC), the only outlets are at the bottom, where waves come in an out, and at the top, where a narrow passage connected to a turbine lets air in and out. As waves push air, the air rushes through the turbine passage.
    The oscillating water column system allows water to enter the column and one narrow passage above to let air in and out.

Hyunjoo Nam


“I am currently a Master’s Degree student in the field of landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. I received my Bachelor of Fine Art in painting in Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea in 2009. My multifarious background in both fine arts and landscape design prompts me to bring to the table the creative tools and practical abilities necessary to adapt and grow in a new environment. Landscape architecture is the best discipline through which I can give free reign to my personal reinterpretation of a space, absconding from traditional forms and experimenting with underutilized space. Thinking outside of the box, I do not limit the scope of my design to the canvas but use a broader perspective. Landscape designers have both the responsibility and the privilege to bring life to the inanimate components of a structure. By doing so, my vision is to bring people closer to their surroundings, creating an environment harmonizing the two and stimulating dialogue between these forces.“