Symbiotic invasion is an infrastructural landscape/ecology project attempting to tackle these issues by bringing in nocturnal activities with a specific form of wildlife: bats. The project focuses on creating a sensitively designed environment which allows bats and human co-exists peacefully and mutual-beneficially. Essentially an urban zoo, over time, bats will return to city as urban dwellers, together with human activities which will form a semi self-sustained ecosystem.
By narrowing the 40-metre wide street for vehicles and widen sidewalks, the street will be more pedestrian friendly. Then a series of free-standing structures which serve as habitat for bats will be scattered along Grote Street, which mimic the forms of a tree with a series of hexagonal modules hovering 15 metres above, as well as a series of community gardens on ground level. These structures will define a gateway for incoming vehicles from the airport.
Apart from bat houses, other units will accommodate services such as rainwater collection tank and photovoltaic cells. The power generated will be used mainly to heat the bat houses by using a system of heated water pumped through steel pipes, as well as feeding the bats and the plants.
The modularity of this design using honeycomb structures allows for uncertainty and can be changed or adapted, providing spaces for growth in future, or taking apart for more building development. In terms of economic development, the proposed intervention uncovers potential to transform Grote Street into a new form of urban-ecotourism and is projected to help generate business opportunities for a thriving urban environment.
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