Kong Zhi Hoe, Phichayanun Sirimaha
Tsinghua University (THU), School of Architecture, Department of Architecture, Beijing
The port explosion sets an opportunity to rebuild the site as a new waterfront district & port-city, hence we seek to exploit the full potential of the… more
Mohammed Qutaiba Al Nahhas
Landscape Design more
Everything is included if it's not in the design, it's in the description, your concept design and mechanical work is incredible.
Very good project.
The port explosion sets an opportunity to rebuild the site as a new waterfront district & port-city, hence we seek to exploit the full potential of the waterfront in the impending future.
We envisioned creating a new waterfront district that features a shoal and open bay surrounded by a horizontal living city. Horizontal Landscraper aims to create a horizontal living city that serves as a backbone and beacon to the city and synergizes the city and the new waterfront district.
What is Landscraper?
Landscaper started as an intangible line we imagined, made up of a series of buildings that consist of technology layers, infrastructure, administrative and municipal functions, the core functions for a city that must be prioritized before any other developments. It is the backbone of the city that acts as a long activator, spanning from the port area all the way to the Beirut Central District, creating a horizontal living city that serves as a beacon to provoke the adjacent development. Basically, this new building typology is able to free up the ground level and make more usable living spaces at a higher elevation. The programs at the different parts of the Landscraper vary in accordance with the zoning in the masterplan but are all based on an all-encompassing concept that acts as an activator to the site that would able to display the identity of the city of Beirut.
A Green Capital District of the Future.
Through strengthening the backbone of the city we aim to synergize with the city and future development, to prepare the ground for future possibilities, and at the same time enhance living, bringing new hope to the people through architectural intervention.
In short, we are looking at a micro-city that is able to self-sustain, and eventually, become the green capital district of the future and provide the future developments an impetus.
Why: Deterrence To Move Forward
Based on our analysis, we noticed that waste management issues have always been a critical issue in Lebanon since the civil war. To make the matter worse, the explosion that happened last year has brought the issue to a head.
Improper waste management also gives rise to water pollution issues, not only in the port area but also happens along the Beirut River which is mainly due to the waste issues of improper management.
How: Prepare the ground for Future Possibilities
1. Revolution to waste management: Subcritical water waste disposal system is able to disintegrate solid waste to produce organic matter, which can be used as fertilizer or to be used to produce methane gas to generate electricity for the new waterfront district and port functions. This would replace the ongoing incinerator plan and waste disposal system.
2. Clean & Cost-effective Landfill: Consequently, the remnants of these processes would go into landfills for port expansion and land reclamation at the waterfront. The system is able to significantly reduce the volume of waste making landfills last longer.
3. Making Land Reclamation Possible: In fact, this organic matter is environmentally friendly, when it is put into landfills or used for land reclamation it has minimal impact on the biodiversity and this makes future land reclamation and development possible.
4. Unlock the Waterfront: Through solving the waste crisis, it would minimize the water pollution caused by the waste issue. We would also like to propose a water canal and water discharging system. That would help to circulate the water in the basin to create a clean and calm water
basin and bring back the waterfront to the people, for recreational activities and leisure.