Wet Grounds: Emerging Landscapes of Storage

by Adriana Chávez (MDes ’14)

“Wet Grounds: Emerging Landscapes of Storage” is a projective research that aims to re-qualify the world’s inter-tropical zone beyond its climatic conditions. It focuses on urbanization models located within manufacturing corridors of emerging economies in tropical regions.

In this sense, the Chao Phraya Floodplain in Thailand will serve as an operative testing ground for this thesis. It builds a contemporary climatic and spatial strategy that proposes the storage of rain water to propel agriculture, industry and domestic water usage at the regional level. Looking towards storage as both an ecological and economic strategy, this project provides a testing ground for a two-prong water storage strategy.

First, to explore and expand the retention, distribution and circulation of precipitation. Second, to develop ways of managing waters through agricultural and industrial systems allowing the economic diversification of local markets.

This thesis reveals the opportunity for new webs of urbanization within a landscape replete with industrial growth and climate complexities, where different water storage infrastructures will work to support emerging contexts of urbanization in the tropical region.