ABSTRACT

The M.U.D project develops ways of thinking about shared territory (here: the Belgian coastline) and tries to be coherent with the ideas of flux/flood/floating/flows etc. Its design presents an ‘artist's impression’ pre-figuring the age of the hybrid called M.U.D. Its designers turn the coastal area into a zone of ‘future conflict’ where floods and flows are anticipated, accepted, even welcomed. In consequence the use of land as well of sea will be negotiated in permanence.

To compensate for ‘loss’ of land and ‘solids’, a new ‘liquid’ exploitation is proposed. Changing grids scan M.U.D for flow-through of source material, energy and waste, fluxes of data transport, population and migration and recode all these as transactional knowledge, technology and culture. The ‘urban network coast’ formerly known as ‘linear coastal city’ and once, long ago, as ‘coastal resorts’, dissolves, atomizes, explodes further and further into a enormity of small interactions and changes, shifts of interstitial, making the coastal area, again, truly, a ‘coast’, that is: a Space of Flows.