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Marine Symbiotic Community

Congruo Guan

In the face of population expansion and sea level rise, the survival of humans and animals is threatened, and the living space is shrinking. In response to it, I propose building a symbiotic community where animals and people can live together.

The presented site analysis of Venice shows the local green and natural environment distribution. Combined with the study of the architectural texture, we can better understand how people live with nature in the city.

On the level of monomer building, through the analysis of the original building texture, the L-shaped block was obtained and recombined to get the current form, which can make people better use public space to realize the integration of nature and humans. For example, the public space on the first floor is placed inside to make workers more efficient. On the second floor, they can interact better in their leisure time.
At the same time, some of the unit blocks are designed to disassemble the housing units, allowing the rooms to be reused to integrate the Community better and cope with rising sea levels.

On the scale of the site, I refer to the generative logic of Venice itself, that is, the expansion of different islands gradually connects, and I plan to expand three kinds of Communities composed of various people to form new symbiotic communities through the connection of public space. In a blended Community, for example, four groups of people are integrated where young people easily go to university and families easily use the lagoon park.
Two main waterways cut the entire site, and on the outer side, there is an observatory to detect water level changes and the landmark sits in the middle of the whole Community giving the direction to people who live there, and it is also a place that people and nature would come.

In order to achieve better integration of humans, animals, and plants, I introduced the concept of “wall,” as I found the wall is an essential element in Venice. Because of the high density, the most wall only undertake the function of the separated families, but there are still some exciting parts that he appeared at the same time in Venice, such as the shelter of life, the plant grows through the wall gap, the bird home in the wall, also the place people hanging their clothes. Therefore, I wanted to make a wall that would highlight those functions and integrate them into the lives of animals and people.

I defined the wall as two forms: one is common immovable walls. This wall can be used as a shelter for animals and plants, allowing people to enjoy and interact with nature indoors. Or the wall can be used as a carrier for resting space on the water. It can also serve as a kind of information media wall by placing high-tech textures on the wall that allow people to take out their phones, interact with virtual animals, and learn basic information about communities and nature (board n.1). Another form is a movable wall so, that people can experience more convenient communication life. For example, a foldable wall between two youth units can be folded to expand the communication space. Or this foldable wall placed in the public space, which can be divided into different public Spaces according to the needs, especially when a flood comes when people bring their stuff to a higher level, this could be a temporary shelter for them to live.

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