Succession to Succeed

The Bays Precinct, located at central Sydney Harbour, has experienced significant land reclamation processes. This process has dramatically destroyed the local ecological environment and triggered prominent water pollution issues. Even if the environment is harsh, there are still self-organized plants that grow in the cracks of concrete structures and foreshore areas, which provides an important foundation for the ecological transformation of this area. This project is to explore the use of successional planting groups to improve the water quality of White Bay and create a resilient urban waterfront supporting a range of local ecologies and a new community. Planting groups used as a design toolkit will be classified into four categories including phytoremediation group, local self-succession group, the performance group and original intertidal group. Through the process of Remediation, Reconstruction, and Regeneration, a comprehensive water treatment network from on land to the waterfront has been gradually developed. Over time, succession has given diversity and strength to the ecological community, helping people resist a series of waterfront crises such as industrial pollution, domestic sewage, and future sea-level rise and floods. Water is the source of all things, and the gradual improvement of water quality will bring people closer to water. In this project, the swimming pool is selected as the indicator of water quality. According to the increasing number of oysters, improved biodiversity, more diverse water activity categories as well as the growth of mangroves, a harmonious image between humans, water, and nature will be beautifully drawn.
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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.