HAINAN: SEA FLOODING

The Xinxing Harbour Village is located in the Hainan Province of the People’s Republic of China. The site is in the Cheng Mai prefecture, west of the provincial capital of Haikou City. The main local culture and livelihood is premised on small scale farming and shallow ocean fishing. The village is expanding southward into a low-lying area to accommodate an additional eighty (80) to one hundred (100) families to the current population of 270 families. 

The village and the area of proposed expansion are located in a typhoon-prone region of Asia.

RESEARCH AIM

The research aims at exploring:

  • urban design and urban planning to endow the community with resiliency in light of a natural disaster like typhoon. The idea revolves around discovering how urban design and planning can mitigate the effects of a natural disaster within a vulnerable community through the built environment's ordnance.
  • the morphology and the program of the built environment to support the resiliency of the community's inhabitants and their livelihoods in light of the typhoon occurrence. The aim is to discover how architecture can bolster the inhabitants of a vulnerable community through the built environment's form and function.
  • the processes, materials, and systems involved in creating the built environment to amplify a community's resiliency in light of the typhoon occurrence. The aim is to discover how innovative building technologies and methodologies can enhance the essential facilities and infrastructure for a vulnerable community through the built environment's construction.
  • the social and technical policies needed to maintain a community's resiliency in light of a natural disaster. The aim is to discover how prescient and innovative planning guidelines and building codes can sustain a vulnerable community's physical and social longevity through the built environment's regulation.