The Rakos Patak Ecological Water Corridor is a didactic visit through the principle of resilience, the generally accepted hypothesis that more complex and biodiverse ecosystems are more stable in multiple ways. The project proposes a variety of infrastructures that sustain natural systems.
In a land of plentiful geothermal sources, Budapest is famous for its more than forty baths and hundred thermal sources. Inspired by the diverse ecological natural and man-made water management systems existing along the Danube, the Rakos Patak ecological water corridor proposes a strong water oriented toolbox. The site is to act as a small scale display of the diversity of water management solutions for a sustainable co-existence between natural occurences and human habitat. Such solutions would help to avoid flood damage, to locally absorb and remediate storm runoff water and waste-water and to generate energy from the local renewable sources, such as geothermal and hydraulic energy.
As opposed to Buda’s residential hillsides, Pest lies on the plains of Rákos and extends into the edges of the Great Plain. This has benefi tted the installation of Budapest’s economic activities, its political administrative center, with Parliament, the academic center as well as the airport. Zuglo along the Rakos Patak creek is an up and coming district constituted of fragments of adjoining residential civic and industrial zones. The Rakos Patak ecological water corridor’s will weave across the zoning frontiers through mixed use of industrial, commercial, residential and recreational programs.
Reinforcing and intensifying Rakos’ strongest existing characteristics is the way to mark its identity. Our spatial urban intervention is inspired by both vertical elements and horizontal expanses found onsite and augmented by natural landscape references.
Zuglo’s mixed industrial, commercial, residential and green zoning will allow for a rich and diverse temporality. The Rakos Patak ecological water corridor’s permacultural park and wetlands reintegrate seasonal fluctuations and long term ecological succession within the cityscape.
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