The video to tell the story of the project

You can browse my whole project more intuitively through this video. My design starts from the largest scale, that is, the scale of Cromarty Firth, and gradually zoom in, including site analysis, site selection, dynamic design, material selection and detail design.

Project description

I would like to create a flood resilient landscape for both human and non-human in Cromarty Firth. Because when I look at Cromarty Firth, I found that the landscape is consist by intensive arable and commercial woodlands mostly. And suffered from the flooding issue seasonally. One of the goal of this project is enhance the flood tolerance of the landscape while bring back the lost natural heritage. 

Mussel self - cultivation

It is showing how detail and functional the materials could work on the landscape. The device provides the landscape an opportunity to achieve a small ecological circle, that the salmon attracted by the algae, going closer to the net and the mussels, the mussels leave their Glochidia on the salmon , than the salmon helps the freshwater mussel to multiply at the water bed. The product will not only feed human but also the non-human, when the salmon going to the device, it will trapped, the youngers and some of the adults will escape to help to multiply the mussels, while the rest of them became the food of birds and human. The local community of Evanton woods could build shelters and share the food with others in community events nearby the site.

This analysis is showing how detail and functional the material could work on the landscape
Flood restoration strategy

For the turning points, I have developed a flood restoration technique for them. The technique is firstly, dig and mound a terrain to change the angles. Secondly, using rocks to reinforce the riverside and support topographical changes, finally, use logs to further strengthen and bring ecological benefits. Also, some different flood resilient landscape strategies would be apply to different land types, according to the plantation coverages and water level. In the end, I did a reshape of 14 turning points of the site, to change the angle of them and made them more flood tolerant.

Segmented watershed analysis for flood concern
Flood restoration strategy part one for the river turning points
Flood restoration strategy part two for the river turning points
The dynamic of the material - With flood resilient strategy

After one year, the restoration project end, the new landscape shaped on the ground with boulders and woods. When it is flooding, the side channel and the puddles would share the flood. So as to reduce the pressure of flood on the environment. After 5 years, with a series of flooding and other precipitations, the plants will grow on the ground and the logs, the water could be kept in the puddles and channels, the new wet habitats are developed, which will provide food and attract more flood resilient birds come to the site. 

This analysis is showing how detail and functional the material could work on the landscape
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