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Our project proposes to reveal the complexity of the edge condition between water and land, and between man-made landscapes and natural ones. Often times these complexities produce tensions that manifest themselves in new forms of negotiation, control and dominance. We hope to create a landscape that exaggerates these differences and that exposes the visitor to an environment of constant change and evolution, offering a multiplicity of experiences.

To create this intensified environment, we will insert an inhabitable platform hovering between the land and the water. This new platform will provide a datum that is capable of measuring and indexing the differences between environments. At the water’s edge, the platform will measure the subtle fluctuations in water levels, enabling and disabling certain zones of occupation. At the edge of the land form, the platform will negotiate the varying terrain creating a segregated transition zone with the neighboring site, additionally enabling engagement with it.

By exaggerating the ecological tension at this edge condition, our proposed constructed “ecotone” will provide a territory that supports and encourages maximum biodiversity. This man-made wetland, as it evolves, will continuously provide an ever-changing physical condition that enables ecological diversity. Plant life and wildlife will appropriate the constructed edge condition and through constant adaptation and modification, ultimately seizing control. This evolving aqua-terrain landscape will, over time, make visible to its visitors an ecological history of the site and provide them with an always-changing experience.

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  1. Paul Tang
    Posted January 19, 2010 at 2:58 am | Permalink

    Please note, the water level differential is minimum according to the overall project executives responsible for the phystical implementation of the entire expositoin park. No specific water level change was specified but can be confirmed once we are in Xi’an. Should there not be a noticeable water level change, how will the “ecotone” proposal find other means to exaggerate the ecological tensions visible to the visitors?

  2. Posted January 24, 2010 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    What is the guest experience here? What will the visitors take away from this space that is unique and memorable beyond all of those within the Horticultural Expo? How does the guest experience this space and are there points at which guest experience passive, interactive, educational or other moments which may enrichen their visit?

    The plant diversity will be interesting however they require special soil treatments based on their location(s). What are they and how will you address these so that these unique planting environments flourish?

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