Villages are usually characterised as either well functioning and growing or declining and decaying. Flooding is a major issue in Southease on the River Ouse, so this project is focussing on designing a village that is flood resistant. In doing so, the landscape typology will be organised with different levels and hierarchies. This type of village will be a clustered and nucleated village type, where all settlements will share the same aqua-cultural activities and a common market.
DESIGN INTRODUCTION (SCOPE)
The design project’s motivation is to create a nucleated clustered village, which is placed within the proximity of other villages near Southease in order to strengthen the condition of future and neighbouring villages. The nucleated village is adjacent to the original Piddinghoe village as it is in the highest risk to be flooded. Piddinghoe will be turned into a new network of relocated inhabitants of flooded villages, as it will be designed to be prepared, and even prosper, in the event of a flooding disaster.
THESIS FOCUS (AIM)
The aim of the design is to encourage the collaborative work between the settlements by using the potential benefit of agriculture and inter-settlement trade. The future village “New Piddinghoe” is an aqua-culturally programmed landscape, which will also improve the re-wilding of both river and stream-based species. The ensuing waste will also be recycled as fertilizer to improve the village’s agricultural production. The use of aquaponics in the units will create a balance between the agriculture and aquaculture. The aim is to connect a number of villages into a uniform network that promotes inter-community collaboration with specialisations that would help develop the specific potentials of the village and that of the cluster as a whole, in order to strengthen the condition of Southease. This project will, therefore, create an integrated and sustainable aquatic ecosystem that includes a fisheries terminal, fish processing centre, fresh fish market and restaurants which will benefit not only the local community but attract even more investment into the aquaculture / agriculture and tourism sectors.