REWILD THE PEOPLE
Computation and Innovation Award - WINNER
- Gianni Botsford Architects
Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales
Looking at the soil quality and land-use as parameters of flooding, this project uses rewilding to retain water in the mountains and alleviate fluvial flooding along the Taff.
Looking at the soil quality and land-use as parameters of flooding, this project uses rewilding to retain water in the mountains and alleviate fluvial flooding along the length of the Taff. This interest was driven by studying the relationships between the predictable and unpredictable in nature and how we can immerse ourselves and connect to the wilderness and fluidity of natural systems, rejecting our overbearing control of the natural world.
Most of Cardiff will be undergoing severe annual flood events in the coming decades. Flooding costs the UK economy £1.1 billion a year and a further 1 in 6 properties in the UK is now at risk of flooding, these will only worsen with climate change. Rather than simply accepting our fate in the city, we follow the river upstream. We propose to take the first step in a longer process; intervene at the river source in the mountains, which are currently a sheep-infested ecological design, where little grows and little, other than sheep, live.
I have worked and built up extensive experience in a wide range of projects; using state-of-the-art computational tools, scripting and AI to investigate and create architecture that addresses social and environmental issues in novel ways.