The Bering Strait: Seasonal Transformations.

The Bering Strait: where today changes into tomorrow, is located between the westernmost point of the North American continent and the easternmost point of the Asian continent close to the polar circle. The international dateline and the national boundaries merge together in the midst between two islands, The island of Big Diomede in Russia and the island of Little Diomede in the USA, were the two continents are only 2.4miles (4km) apart and marked the border between the Soviet Union and the United States.

The Bering Land Bridge theory recognizes earliest migration of the North American continent from Asia across the Land Bridge that has been formed due to sea level submerge during cycles of global cooling, where sea water became concentrated in the ice caps. The extraordinary seasonal differences due to extreme temperature changes define a unique and harsh environment only to be handled by the Inuit traditions of the native Alaska population. The cycles of Sea Ice are extremely altered by the effects of global warming and endanger the traditional lifestyle of the natives, their culture and habitat. Climate change represents a threat to their human rights.

The majority of life in the ocean--nearly 90 percent--is made up of phytoplankton, which are tiny algae and other organisms that live in the ocean's surface layer and utilize the sun's rays for food and growth. Since the Strait is now free of ice during summer it is opened to commercial shipping routes, which alter even further this already fragile system, the proposition within these seasonal transformation is to respect the human rights of the inuit people and use their local techniques to solve worldʼs climate crisis. Through traditional weaving techniques nets are being released into the open ocean. Ultimately the mission will spread in the region and other natives from other tribes within the region of the arctic will start fabricating the nets to save their local habitats, culture and life and influence in a much larger picture the climate of the earth.

The Cooper Union | School of Architecture

M.ArchII | Spring 2011

Advisors: Prof. Diana Agrest, Elena Fanna

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