Living with the Water Paradox [COMPETITION WINNER!]

May 2010

Living with the Water Paradox_Sydney, Australia

May 27, 2010 2:22 PM
Kim Ratanavong

Figure 1: Master Plan - Living with the Water Paradox

The redevelopment of the Fish Market, along with the opportunities and risks presented through Water Paradox will be the new impetus for the change on our perspectives - that new system, infrastructures and culture could be fostered through the change; and that our urban environments, systems and society continually evolves to adapt to the ever demanding and threatning environmental and social pressures.

In essence, the Water Paradox presents us with the realisation that the existing systems, life styles and cultures that we have been developing and living in are not sustainable - that new ways of looking, living, building, functioning and managing of our urban environment is required and that it is POSSIBLE within our capacities of designing and managing our urban environments.

Building urban resilience really is within our capacities through more open outlook and creative ways of looking at our Climate Change issues in relation to the way we live and design our urban cultures, infrastructures and spaces.

Figure 2: Typical view of the 'front yard farm' streets and the aqua culture farms behind in the bay.

Figure 3: Typical street with 2 vehicular lanes and promoting environmentally friendly transportation modes, such as bus, cycling and walking and buildings, some with solar panels for energy generation and which uses building construction methods that are climate efficient to use less energy within homes.

Figure 4: Fish Market Redevelopment with integrated water collecting and recycling system for the building and its adjacent urban spaces and amenities

Figure 5: Typical neighborhood road with waste/recycling spot

Figure 6: Typical view over Glebe Point Road and the rooftop farmland on top of commercial/residential buildings


Nok Ratanavong (BKK)

Sang Ok Kim (NY)

James Kim (SYD)




The Water Paradox

Where you live with what you have - the climate change induced water issues.

This study explores the most ubiqutous climate change paradox present in many of coastal cities around the world - the abundance and the lack of water in addition to, risk + opportunities of the climate change induced water issues.

The proposal demonstrates the risks and potentials of the coastal/bay area developments and communities such as Fish Market area in Sydney, Australia.

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