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Reconnective Landscapes: Water (Or the Lack of It) As a Force of (Destruction) Cohesion

Project details

Programme
Design Studio Design Studio 8
Year 2
Award
  • Landscape Architecture Thesis Prize for Distinguished Work in History & Theory
  • Landscape Design Award for Distinguished Work in Landscape Architecture

Year after year, the amount of rain we receive in the city of Monterrey, Mexico, gradually decreases. The dry season becomes longer, and the temperature in summer and winter gets hotter. However, this is not a surprise, considering the speed of growth of the city and the measureless deforestation of natural areas.

This project aims to catalyse the restoration of the natural water cycles in Monterrey through strategies for rehabilitating, stabilising, and reconnecting water and ecological systems that can be replicated throughout the city. The focus is on Loma Larga Hill, a key area divided by two socially and economically opposite communities with several conditions that make it an ideal site for reconnection. The project's design aims to improve the hydric and ecological systems through methods for rainwater harvesting and collection.

An essential dimension of the project integrates the participation of neighbouring communities to preserve and maintain the area. Therefore, the project could be considered an oasis within the city where it is possible to educate about water conservation and how this benefits both the natural ecosystem and the communities.

Masterplan with connections from and through Loma Larga Hill, The Santa Catarina River and the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. Keeping in mind the concept of Loma Larga as an artery from which veins emerge to create a green and blue corridor.

Masterplan for Loma Larga Hill, San Pedro and Monterrey

Masterplan with connections from and through Loma Larga Hill, The Santa Catarina River and the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. Keeping in mind the concept of Loma Larga as an artery from which veins emerge to create a green and blue corridor.

This diptych represents the proposal for the two sides of the ridge. Both sides are connected, allowing people to travel between municipalities from one natural ecosystem to another without needing a car.

Diptych of the Proposal for the Two Sides of the Ridge

This diptych represents the proposal for the two sides of the ridge. Both sides are connected, allowing people to travel between municipalities from one natural ecosystem to another without needing a car.

Final Model Carved on Stone Representing Different Strategies Proposals

Final Model Carved on Stone Representing Different Strategies Proposals

This piece collates all the pieces of stone carved throughout the terms, making one coherent model. The pieces are natural stone, and hand-pressed acrylic to represent the vegetation palette.

Landscape Choreographies: Performance in Southend-on-Sea

Landscape Choreographies: Performance in Southend-on-Sea

This film explores the choreography between repeat visits and walks within the mud flats at Southend. Questioning the possibility of achieving a more conscious role in the play between the body and the ground, with the landscape acting as a stage.

Diagram made from a collection of photographs taken during an eight-hour time lapse in Southend-on-Sea, capturing weather information, the people and creatures on site and notes on the atmosphere and inherent feelings felt within the landscape.

First Term Project: Eight-Hour Landscape Timelapse in Southend-on-Sea

Diagram made from a collection of photographs taken during an eight-hour time lapse in Southend-on-Sea, capturing weather information, the people and creatures on site and notes on the atmosphere and inherent feelings felt within the landscape.

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