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The cleansing lilies of the Msimbazi River

Tinotenda Ncube




Dr. Finzi Saidi, Jabu Absalom Makhubu, Dickson Adu Agyei, Mandy Schindler, Prof Antonio Tomas


15 X- Remembering public Space


What I am proposing is a series of waste collection, sorting and organising systems. Public space systems that are fractal in nature, appear as natural objects. Systems able to react and facilitate positive flow and distribution of resources to achieve a cleansing effect of the environment holistically.

My intervention introduces itself by the establishment of raised walking platforms with gasifiers for waste combustion and transformation into energy. The primary function of the lily is to act as a structure to support the growth and revitalization/re-afforestation of the mangrove forest. Secondary function is to act as a safe space for livestock keeping and gardening.

The importance of the project lies in its progressive evolutionary nature with a goal to achieve even resource distribution. Five years after the introduction the space service systems the systems assist in the collection of plastic worst using natural energies such river current flow, the resultant effect is an animated mid-stream space with wate collectors sorting and redistributing waste for recycling.

Residue like tar will start building up underneath the raised platforms during the gasification processes, instead of using firewood, the African market owners will be provided with gas from waste and electricity to lit up the streets, an action which will trigger and animate the public space.

The challenging aspect of this project is an attempt to balance the rate of deforestation and afforestation. The strip section shows the projected 10-year transitional plan when the systems start to crumble down and the mangroves takes over the interventions functions.

As the midstream develops, waste residue will have built autofill the void under neath the raised platform and some of the mangrove wood will be used to build stilts for specific or selected homes within the site to give way for the African strip market progressive development. During this period, the assumption is that the mangrove forest will have developed to the extent that eco-tourism activities can take place, walking platform meandering through the mangrove trees.

The ambition of the project is to have Intelligent public space systems that are fractal in nature, so connected and well networked to improve and achieve a balance in the flow of resources. After the intervention is gone, a new topography is formed, African market place created, the Architectural char actor of the settlement starts building to gather with the public space and lastly an enhancement to the quality of the ecosystem as a whole to trigger Eco-tourism.