URBAN ARCHIPELAGO aims to set a precedence for climate resilient urban renewal of brownfield sites, namely by creating a cyborg urban precinct whereby the human and non-human stakeholders form a symbiosis between thriving urban communities and the surrounding ecological corridors. Key to the process was designing through staggered phasing, as to keep vital industrial assets operational alongside and to ensure resilience in reintroduced flora and fauna. Through phasing I was able to explore deep time and speculate how the site might cyborg in 200 years, equally this considered succession plan created the opportunity to properly redevelop and cleanse the brownfield site of Glebe Island. Critically climate change is an imminent threat to us all, because of this I designed this site as a precedent for incorporating high level blue-green infrastructure into an urban precinct at a large scale. This influenced design direction as I created the site to be self sufficient whereby catching, treating and cleanly dispersing its own runoff, whilst using the treatment processes to support a rich ecosystem and refuge habitat for estuarine species and locals alike. The overtly complex design development my site undertook is evident in the resolved project I present to you here. Urban Archipelago has developed into a considered and fully operational teal cyborg precinct, which with the intended human interaction and education phase IV is in sight.
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Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia, as the traditional custodians of our lands, waters and seas. We recognise their ability to care for Country and their deep spiritual connection with Country. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom ensure the continuation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.