This short explores how the site we currently call the Marina has changed over the millennia. Combining images, historical timelines and artistic renderings of times past, it investigates how the site has physically changed and tracks the forces that enacted those changes. Understanding how the area went from hillside to wetland to the site of the PPIE, from thriving urban area to disaster zone following the Loma Prieta earthquake, helps us appreciate that no matter how much the ground beneath our feet feels solid, the world we live in is always shifting into something new.
Appreciating the way history affects our present is a tricky thing. With our short lifespans, we can’t think very far back or forward in time. Imagining what was here before we were born is difficult, as is picturing what will be here when we’ve died. But looking back is worth the headache. Much of life as we know it is shaped by the past -- by events, wars, cultural attitudes, disasters. Understanding those factors better helps us learn more about how to navigate the present. It gives us more agency with which to negotiate our futures.