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title   Inhabiting the Fluid Terrain: Constructing Permeable Landscapes
student   Miaochi Tsai
instructor   Anuradha Mathur
date   Spring 2006
school   University of Pennsylvania
     
subject   landscape
site   Industrial Canal, Lake Terrace & Oaks, Milneburg, Pontchartrain Park, Gentilly Terrace, Gentilly Woods, Desire area, Florida area, St. Roch, St. Claude, Marigny, Bywater
     
description  
Taking as its subject a linear swath of land from the lake to the river—from the Pontchartrain Park to the Bywater neighborhoods—this project imagines a matrix of locks that would create a substantial water management system. The locks allow for flooding of certain designated areas, to control the path of storm waters and to establish a newly permeable landscape. Such a lock system that creates a wetlands landscape inside the city limits would sustain and preserve land designated for building sites.
     
link   school site
     
comments  

05/24/06
Miaochi Tsai
Philadelphia, PA

The project begins with a series of lock gate operations. Lock gates operating open gently allowing water to leak through it. Also, the gate would be the threshold or connection between two separate sides when it closes.
Using the operation of lock gate as an idea brings me into the urban context to control the storm water. Instead of draining water out, my strategy consists of using the existing soft ground to absorb water first and creating a buffer (back swamp) on the low ground to maintain more water.
A new landscape can be constructed by creating a serious of locks between back swamp and urban area.



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