Re-naturing, Healing the Cities: Re-considering the Bornova (Kocaçay) Basin Over the Water Cycle
Joint Project Studio
Ege University and İzmir Institute of Technology
Bornova (Kocaçay) Micro-Basin acts as an overarching phenomenon between culture and nature, and re-interpretations of the water cycle so as to shape urban dynamics in a cohesive way. The engagement of hydrological pattern with natural and urban landscapes calls for site-specific design interventions in some critically addressed cross sections of the stream, exposed to a myriad of challenges. These interventions would in a regenerative way help heal the complete region by water cycle, storage, purification and use while increasing the efficiency of water-related design. For instance, water pools in rural communities have been exploited for ecological and ecological pursuits, in urban communities for ecological, social, recreational and aesthetic purposes. And the design framework also involves re-configuration of the bed and its associated landscapes in particular sections to repurpose storage and use of the water. For instance, from the outset of the stream on, some existing levels along the course have been realigned to maintain the natural flux of water on its bed.