The longevity and future of Valenzuela has been our major concern. We concluded from our investigations into rising sea levels that the city will eventually be inundated and flooded. We offer a preventive solution rather than one that is constantly rebuilt in times in crisis, one that could ensure a truly resilient community for not just the coming years, but for the larger scope and vision for this city. The time span we have considered is 100 years.
Resilience comes not just through the logistical and structural responses to disaster, so an important role in responding to the brief was to bring social resilience, economic resilience and cultural resilience as well. This is done through the understanding of how the individuals currently live in order to create new settlements that can withstand not just times of disaster, but ongoing economic struggles, and foster a sense of community.
The proposed water based site is a cluster of communities situated along the Luzon river connecting to Manila. The direct connection to Manila offers potential economic benefits to the communities being a new major travel route. A large part of actualizing such as proposal was re-using the existing plastic industry to create a user-friendly 3D printing industry that was able to assist in the construction of the community.
Each community references and embraces its cultural history and narratives to pay tribute and utilize the strengths of the differential communities into new programs and industries to become an economically stable community.
Our panels shows the development of the proposal in 2150 when the existing community has been fully inundated and the new proposal has significantly expanded. The proposal suggests a strategic insertion of some infrastructures (floating 3D printing factories) that can enable a water based community to be a truly resilient community that can prosper.