by Ananya, Krishna, Mengyue, Yinghua
UP-STRUCT proposes an innovative design solution for rising sea levels in Point-neighborhood, Newport. Threatened by future sea level rise that exceeds the possibilities of individual accommodations the design aims at preserving the horizontal urban fabric by translating it vertically. The project suggests the relocation of 18- century houses onto a super-structure while preserving the characteristics of the existing neighbourhood. The neighborhood, with its houses, trees, streets and views are analyzed, abstracted and synthesized and recreated onto a high performance, self-sufficient tower (SUPER) structure. UP-STRUCT allows the continuation of a neighborhood with its daily live, houses and material textures preserved.
Change is inevitable and in year 2100 the resources would be long gone. The exoskeleton of the super-structure allows old houses to get plugged in at the exterior. The 200-meter (600 FEET) steel-frame exoskeleton acts as a self-sustaining support structure with network of greens, energy systems and new modules to meet the needs of the future.
The system of greens in the new structure have various functions
a) Variety of perennial trees and plants are planted as visual gardens and recreation zones
b) Food producing plants for growing vegetables, herbs and organics
c) Wind-breaking trees and shrubs are strategically located around the lattice in the most vulnerable areas, reducing the wind speed up to 40%.
d) Marsh plants are PART OF A LAGER recycling SYSTEM FOR grey water.
The design of “UP-STRUCT” produces electricity from photo voltaic cells that covers the entire lattice on the southern side and wind mills harness wind energy. Rain water is collected to be used as drinking water and grey water is recycled and reused for irrigation and domestic purposes. The organic waste and vegetable solid is collected from houses and used for hydroponics. The houses are protected against high speed winds by retractable transparent shields on the higher levels. Public transportation in the year XXX experienced a shift in transportation from cars to drones and hi-speed boats.
The world as we know today will have changed in the period of the next 100 years, with a an estimated 13 feet sea level rise and extreme weather conditions, what remains constant in UP-STRUCT is the location and sophistication of the 18th century neighborhood.
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