• 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

    Mia responded to rising sea level while also supporting the small-scale and home-based businesses in Sausalito, providing amenities for its aging population, and facilitating working opportunities that dont require commuting. Her scheme proposes a simple cut and fill strategy, taking land from one part of the site and using it to fortify the rest of the site. Fill builds up a series of programmatic ‘bars’ that jut off of Bridgeway at the places where the grade difference between Bridgeway and the current site is the greatest; in this way, and by putting development on the edge, the current divide that exists between the shore and the hills is mediated. These bars are built to be above sea level in a FEMA flood in 2100, but each has a strategy for responding if levels continue to rise. In the mixed-use neighborhood, homes can be ‘unclicked’ from the grid and floated so that although land might become sea, no net real estate is lost. Other strips have levees, and some have floodable structures.

  • Week 4: Object Design

    Week 4: Object Design

    Floating Dinner Party
    Mia’s object is a raft for a floating restaurant to be docked on shore as Bridgeway Blvd. becomes the new shore. These rafts will be tethered to the current shore, and could be released to allow for a meal at sea. Diners would have Richardson Bay as their ambiance and be served by waiters on canoes or kayaks.
    The material palette is taken from the materials on site, and the original industrial history of the Marinship area. Wood forms the floor of the raft, into which pieces of metal scrap are inset. Planter boxes which divide the rafts from one another when they are docked hold aggregate that comes from the site as well as dry-tolerant vegetation.

Mia Scharphie


“I am fascinated by the layers—geologic, environmental, historic, economic, and social that stack up in time and create space. At its core, this is a poetic interest, but it engages my love for science, social science and art. I studied Urban Studies and have work experience in architecture and at Public Architecture, a nonprofit based in San Francisco that creates a range of options for engaging in design as a civic venture.

I love the diversity of scales landscape architects address. From larger questions of city-wide sustainability, to the intimate feel of materials and views at human scale, we have to be generalists and specialists in both ideas and space. On the big scale, I am interested in how natural systems can be a more integrated part of cities, and how cities can function more ecologically. I’m also very interested in whether and how landscape architecture can address socioeconomic issues and act as an economically empowering force.”