Project description by jury
Finding effective water and flood management strategies is critical for the province of Chaco, Argentina which is affected by extreme rainfall and related flooding events. This proposal, resulting from a multidisciplinary and multiscale design effort, attempts to offer water infrastructure for the city of Resistencia that goes beyond merely solving an environmental problem. Located in a territorial void of a peripheral area, the urban dike proposed by the project is conceived not only as a hydric platform but also as a social catalyst for the city. The artificial water basin is equipped with a series of modular structures adaptable to different uses that create various leisure scenarios according to the water level. A band of vegetation surrounding the infrastructure is placed as a transition area between the water and the adjacent urban fabric.
The LafargeHolcim Awards jury Latin America was very impressed by the multidisciplinary approach of this proposal ranging from architectural and landscape design to hydraulic engineering. The way in which the project transforms the critical issue of flooding into a resource for the community and the environment was considered to be a brilliant idea. The project effectively combines large-scale water infrastructure embedded in the territory that is welcoming to the local community and thereby reaches an urban dimension. The playful character of the water basin that changes its configuration depending on the weather was considered a clever and interesting operation. The intelligent landscape design as a permeable buffer around the water basin was commended. It is a key asset of the project which made it convincing and unique in its genre. The project suggests a design methodology to tackle an environmental problem that exists in many regions of the world, which makes this proposal globally relevant.See more
Progress / People
Progress: The project provides an answer to extreme water situations in cities around the world subject to storm floods, innovating in a new typology of multi-scale water infrastructure, combining existing urban infrastructures, and relating them to water, in favor of society's pleasure. Each element of km3 is designed with the objective of being located in large urban voids, train tracks, railway beaches, military areas. Replicable in a global context, subjected to water stress.
People: A social-hydric platform, a support for cultural, sports, recreational, civic activities, and services, which seeks to link the community with water, giving it symbolism, providing new opportunities for urban development, public and private policies, contributing to a habitat accessible and inclusive.
Km3 builds a new and changing urban landscape, according to the rains and seasons of the year, consolidating and valuing the natural native landscape of the region, promoting and protecting local flora and fauna. Brings public awareness about its importance in the fight against climate change, providing thermal comfort and reducing CO2. From the study of water basins, the intensity, duration of design rains, and a recurrence time of 25 years, urban parts (SML) are designed, which capture, store, conduct and retain the runoff water, through a natural sanitation process.
Prosperity / Place
Prosperity: The state tends to spend millions of dollars to solve storm flood problems, in mono-functional infrastructures, which are not appreciated as a public good by the community. Km3 exposes water infrastructure as a public service, a long-term, adaptable and resilient investment for society.
Place: It puts in value the regional landscape (estuaries, canyons, swamps, wetlands), emphasizes the characteristic horizon of the territory, in order to bring the water infrastructure closer to the people and give a meaning of belonging to a global infrastructure.See more
The Next Generation 2nd prize for Latin America went to Fluid Buffer in Argentina – Urban flood mitigation and recreation infrastructure by Gimena Ponce Abba, María Florencia Ruiz Cabello, and María Rosario Ruiz Cabello, students at the National University of Córdoba, Argentina.
Sixty percent of the city of Resistencia suffers flooding within an hour during heavy downpours. The project by Gimena Ponce Abba, María Florencia Ruiz Cabello, and María Rosario Ruiz Cabello,students of architecture at the National University of Córdoba, shows how such flooding can be mitigated. “Our solution includes architecture, engineering, landscape design, urban design, and ecology,” summarizes María Rosario Ruiz Cabello.
The project reinterprets the concept and role of water infrastructure in the urban context. A system of catch basins, so-called socio-hydric platforms, is to be installed in large voids within the urban network. There, facilities for social, cultural, sports, and civic activities can be introduced. Depending on the water level, the platforms can also collect, retain, and transport stormwater, employing a natural treatment process. A green belt serves as the interface between the platforms and the surrounding urban districts. “What is very impressive is how generalizable the concept is,” says Marilyne Andersen: “The project does not fight the flooding and try to hold the water back but works with the dynamics of the water and turns it into something positive.” The multidisciplinary approach necessary to achieve this result strongly impressed the jury.
El sesenta por ciento de la ciudad de Resistencia se inunda a la hora de comenzar a recibir la caída repentina de grandes lluvias. El proyecto de Gimena Ponce Abba, María Florencia Ruiz Cabello, y María Rosario Ruiz Cabello, estudiantes de arquitectura de la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, muestra cómo es posible mitigar esas inundaciones. “Nuestra solución incluye arquitectura, ingeniería, diseño paisajístico, diseño urbano y ecología”, resume María Rosario Ruiz Cabello.
El proyecto reinterpreta el concepto y el rol de la infraestructura hídrica en el contexto urbano y propone la instalación de un sistema de cuencas de captación en grandes terrenos baldíos dentro de la trama urbana. Allí, se propone introducir instalaciones para la realización de actividades sociales, culturales, deportivas y cívicas. Dependiendo del nivel del agua, estas plataformas también pueden captar, almacenar, y trasladar el agua de tormenta, a través de un proceso de tratamiento natural. Un cinturón verde forma una zona de transición entre las instalaciones de retención de agua y el entramado urbano colindante. “Lo que resulta impactante de este concepto es que es generalizable”, destaca Marilyne Andersen: “El proyecto no lucha contra la inundación tratando de impedir el avance del agua, sino que trabaja con la dinámica del agua y la transforma en algo positivo.” El enfoque multidisciplinario necesario para lograr este resultado impresionó fuertemente al jurado.
Next Generation 2nd prize winner Fluid Buffer in Argentina – Urban flood mitigation and recreation infrastructure by …
Next Generation 2nd winners Gimena Ponce Abba, María Florencia Ruiz Cabello, and María Rosario Ruiz Cabello, students at …
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