“Going with the flow” would best address this urbanDELTA, a horizontal rambling plane, mediating in between the aquifer below and through the land, gushing at the urban square, mimicking the rich and abundant geography with unique natural formations, a hybrid adaptive systems ecology that fluctuate with change over time, adjusting to ever-changing conditions of daily and seasonal natural cycles, as well as actions of humans, animals, programs. The topography shaped with a hydrological cycle becomes an integral infrastructure, designed, managed and used, mystifying this urban public landscape.
streaming productive topographies
Jeollanam-do, predominantly an agricultural province with its fertile lands, boasts a beautiful natural landscape and
profound cultural heritage that possesses a perfect fusion of urban fabric with its mountains, plains and rivers. The
winding rivers in Korea have been linked to human settlements for a very long time, serving as the cradle of an ancient civilization, this city is also settled along a river, the Yeongsan, “the lifeblood of the land, bearing the weight of both history and the present, besides forward into the future like the river’s endless flow, that should always continue, creating unique cultural legacies.” taking care of human life as well as nature, a network that linked overlands to the sea. with lots of indentations, offshore islands and deltas, in this case, providing the needed fertile alluvial soils for agriculture, food for the body.
The project site is the last piece of the puzzle that connects the Yeongsan River, Central Garden, Kim-Dae Jung Square, Central Park, Jeonnam Provincial Hall and Oryong Mountain, thus its prevailing landmark character is of utmost importance in uniting people, places,actions and nature. Inspired from the deltas that are abundant for creating and supporting life, and the existing meandering path of the Central Park, the contextual ground of the public space is no longer a thick urban surface but a horizontal rambling plane mediating in between the aquifer below and through the land, gushing at the urban square, mimicking the rich and abundant geography, in between rivers and mountains, reflecting tidal-flats and wetlands. This living grounds create a complex adaptive systems ecology that fluctuate with dynamic change over time, adapting to new conditions or inputs like water cycle, daily weather, seasonal changes, humans, animals, programs… etc. while maintaining its core structures. The topography shaped with a hydrological cycle becomes an integral infrastructure, designed, managed and used, giving a unique identity to the public space.
How can we create a holistic urban landscape that bridges two distinct locations in the city? Is it possible to offer a vibrant connection while maintaining a local identity, and creating an experimental and prosperous urban space that balances the needs of the city and nature?
a lifeless and vast urban void lays in between provincial
hall and urban office blocks, the lost piece of the puzzle,
starving for life !
rambling along the lines
the meandering lines of the existing path in the Central
Park, gushes from the rim and extends to the square full
of possibilities for abundant life !
new social ecology
the meandering lines bend up and down, forming the valleys
and ridges of the terrain, to accommodate new rooms
for unexplored interactions !
rainwater is collected to be used on several occasions for
adapting changing conditions, as the terrain reveals the intimate naked cycle in between them.
A new social and productive ecology is established in a space previously rendered lifeless by a lack of accomodation for anything but passing through. In contrast, the new space plays on people’s inexhaustible craving for discovery, for physical and sensorial experiences, for social interaction of many sorts, healing body, mind and soul, as well as regenarating a biodiversity. The Urban Delta host an ever-changing array of events and activities and to allow for quieter moments, for unscripted events and spontaneous activities, as well as for openness and emptiness.
Embedded to the gridal structure on the upper level context, the new terrain consists of the interaction nodes that downsize the system into human scale, identifying changing conditions and the functional gravity of the square. These nodes describe an interactive interface with the users and organizational groups to illustrate the square. The existing monument square, which is called the civic square triggers various activities with the lowest terrain movement and slopes and its decisive geometry, which is close to a square shape, offers the most adaptive surface of the urbanDELTA, strengthening the exterior connection of the Provincial Government Buildings’s gallery opening. A bowl shaped open space gives options to grow physical interaction with a central physical organization, also helps collect and distribute rainwater as the rest of the system. The ephemerality and reversibility of the public square, makes it a potential space for creative expression and performance. Temporary landscape interventions applied with principles of diversity, flexibility and adaptability inform the space as a scale of the human body, shifting strategy as circumstances evolve around them.
The urbanDELTA provides a seamless flow
between the historic and urban squares of Jeollanam, with a combination of green and hard surfaces that create a productive topography and serve various functions, expanding urban landscape that incorporates nature into the fabric of city life, creating a harmonious blend in-between.