Manufacture EcologyHonor Award - Student Collaborative
Xin Tan + Baldwin Sear
The district is located in University of Arizona, Tucson. In the desert environment, water source is important. There is a urgent problem for our residents. How can we make a resilient landscape to reuse waste water and runoff? Now, University of Arizona is looking for a great solution for the problem. This campus design will be a example explore it. This design leverages urban hydrology to create a green corridor that serves as a demonstration site for water conservation. By daylighting waste and excess water from surrounding buildings, the design creates, in the process, an infrastructure network to mitigate flood events, reduce heat, and provide space for social interaction. By integrating productive crops with native vegetation, the design is able to provide another resource. This controlled hydrological process can be used to generate food and create a landscape that changes with the seasons, bringing attention to climate and regional identity. The water collection system is designed to bring all AC condensate and run-off into concentrated cells, where toxins can be removed before the water is eventually dispersed underground by pump (landmark structure)or stored for re-use as irrigation. Overall, the site will be transformed by exposing AC condensate and surrounding rain run-off to create a lush environment that will enhance the quality of the water moving through the site, provide canopy and shade for human comfort, reduce urban heat, provide wildlife habitat, and offer educational opportunities. Our design addresses critical concerns of sustainability and resiliency in the arid southwest. By utilizing multiple water sources and seeing rain events not as a problem to mitigate but as a resource to allocate, our plan provides a sharp contrast to the typical landscape found in Tucson. We can not only provide a rich and lush vegetated environment that provides multiple ecosystem services and food for the community, our design achieves this without the need for any city water.