URBAN DESIGN


Aqueous in Culture

SUNGAI PETANI, KEDAH

Set on undulating topography with a small natural marsh lake and ponds that are homes to aquatic life, the site is categorized as secondary forest. From early 1920 until 2000, the land was used for rubber and palm oil plantations and was eventually cleared for urban development. It was abandoned for almost 17 years and slowly dominated by secondary forest. With humid tropical weather ranging from 240C to 320C and abundant rainfall averaging 2400mm per year; storm water is the main concern on this new development.

Aqueous In Culture proposes a landscaped water-based solution that is adaptive to the environment, resilient by design, poly functional, and self-regenerative. It offers hybrid landscapes that foster local cultural identity through aqueous lifestyle interaction and it will be transformed to embrace the issues of urban water management and the urban heat island. Social and community health is integrated with ecological sustainability, connection to place and context, and local cultural relationships.

The design principles and methodology in its approach are the keys towards implementation of the concept. Aligned with the design criteria, the program, the connection, the water and the vistas are uniquely crafted to enhance the urban environment. And to bring out the soul of the development, the biomimicry approach was implemented. It will emphasize interaction with nature in an urban development without neglecting the human aesthetic experience.