“Building self-sustained communities (oases) centered around water management solutions”
In order to mitigate the extent of climate change, allow the water to reign in its natural flow, and promote resilience and educative reforms in the city, we propose a system of water reservoirs that become the guiding forces to build self-reliant communities or ‘oases.’
These oases not only provide for flood relief based on contextual considerations but also maintain the city-wide water cycle for the city. These oases are origin points for growth, resilience, education and economic prosperity.
Learning from the base of the watershed at San Miguel Bay, wetland-like systems of reservoirs, lakes, and ponds are introduced sensitively in the specific areas on-site following and respecting the natural contours, as least ground modulation is required for such a solution and the reservoirs can grow organically. These designed ‘natural’ systems can be good for the growth of ecologies surrounding them, and can also directly interact with other species, vegetation, etc.
The self resilient communities promote innovation, resilience, adaptation, and mitigation. The community is designed such that even in the situation of destructive typhoons, people are aware of the strategies to be able to build up their neighborhoods using local material and skills. People in the oases are supported and encouraged to become responsible for their own neighborhoods and come together as stakeholders of their oases at a community level too. They are also aware of how to add further protection against typhoons and storms and can teach people that may be hapless. Resilience comes not only from strength but also from peoples’ abilities to be able to handle difficult situations, coupled with community-level solidarity and confidence.
Based on specifically identified patterns, the oases can also grow and connect with each other to ultimately create a city of Naga that accommodates water in an organic, sustainable, and thoughtful manner and grows because of it, alongside it, but not against it.