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1 / 8 general masterplan: bird view

vertical territories | 縱向領域

Format | 形式: Research at Harvard Graduate School of Design, Boston, USA | 美國哈佛設計學院設計研究
Year | 年份: 2010
Type | 類型: landscape regeneration masterplan | 生態系統修復與景觀設計
Size | 規模 : 6,000 sqm | 6,000 平米
Location | 地點: South Weymouth Naval Air Station, Massachusetts, USA | 美國,波士頓,SW軍用機場
Collaboration with | 合作人: E. Scott Mitchell, Amy Whitesides

Awards | 獲獎: 2011 ASLA Honour Award | 2011 美國景觀協會 (ASLA) 優勝獎; 2011 IFLA Third Prize | 2011 美國景觀協會 (ASLA) 優勝獎; 2011 國際景觀聯盟 ( IFLA ) 第三名

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2 / 8 project layers and general masterplan

South Weymouth Naval Air Station is an abandoned military base with a long history of aviation-related activities. The site is characterized by consistent winds and still presents the high water table that used to make it a vast marshland. It is also home to a number of rare and endangered bird species that inhabit grassland and wetland ecosystems, which have been in decline in Massachusetts over the past 100 years. The region suffers from regular flooding events while ironically it has constant problems of drinking-water shortage due to recent contamination and improper management.

“縱向領域”提出了對位于波士頓南邊廢棄的South Weymouth海軍機?。ㄒ韻錄虺芐W機?。┲匭驢⒗玫目占洳唄?。該地段處于一個高空風力強勁而穩定的地區,并且地下水位很高,機場在建設前是一片廣袤的沼澤。這里的大片草場和濕地還是多種瀕危動物的棲息地。SW機場所處的區域常年飽受旱澇災害的雙重威脅,水資源管理失效和水系統的污染造成附近居民飲用水短缺。

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3 / 8 grading plan and landscape dynamics

This project works on several levels at once to take advantage of the local natural resources of the site and regenerate its deteriorated hydrology and related ecosystems. Through the concept of "vertical territories" our design focuses on different layers of energy production, habitat preservation, water management and public recreation.


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4 / 8 stormwater management

On the top level, the wind facilitates the production of electrical power, thus, in resonance with the local past, we propose a new paradigm of aerial usage, introducing emergent high-altitude (600m) wind-power generators that operate for a fraction of the cost of traditional wind turbines and do not interfere with the routes of the migrating birds.


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5 / 8 perspective views

On the ground, the demolition of impervious surfaces and the creation of infiltration ponds increase the water table; at the same time, the new wetlands act as a buffer zone to control flooding and work as a stormwater collection system to provide freshwater for the region. Finally, the creation of the new water system and mixed grasslands help regenerate the avian habitats.


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6 / 8 digital fabrication

The wetlands are designed with differing permeability and smoothness based on their relationship to the aquifer and existing contamination, the cleanliness of the water they collect and some specific functional requirements. Several topographic changes are implemented in order to achieve the desired hydrologic conditions, though the cut and fill operations are balanced on site in order to minimize the costs.


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7 / 8 micro-topography cell prototype

The existing ground conditions inform the size, organization and location of the stormwater wetlands and infiltration ponds. The structure of the new park is formed by an elastic network of “flow lines” parallel to the streams that are stretched and divided as needed to negotiate requirements such as pedestrian accessibility, different degrees of protection and optimal habitat sizes. The circulation system promotes public activities and connects the surrounding towns, improving the local connectivity.


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8 / 8 physical model: water flow simulation

This project shows that the multilayered approach allows for high functional density without compromising the expansive open quality of the ground.
Thus a once gated "backyard" of towns in economic decline becomes a generator of vital resources.