Rewild the People

Rewild the Land

Looking at the soil quality and land-use as parameters of flooding, this project uses rewilding to retain water in the mountains and alleviate fluvial flooding along the length of the Taff. This interest was driven by studying the relationships between the predictable and unpredictable in nature and how we can immerse ourselves and connect to the wilderness and fluidity of natural systems, rejecting our overbearing control of the natural world.

Most of Cardiff will be undergoing severe annual flood events in the coming decades. Flooding costs the UK economy £1.1 billion a year and a further 1 in 6 properties in the UK is now at risk of flooding, these will only worsen with climate change. Rather than simply accepting our fate in the city, we follow the river upstream. We propose to take the first step in a longer process; intervene at the river source in the mountains, which are currently a sheep-infested ecological design, where little grows and little, other than sheep, live.
Brecon Beacons
MArch II Design Thesis
Kate Darby & Gianni Botsford

Rewild the River



Rather than simply accepting our fate in the city, we follow the river upstream. Zooming out, we look at the whole system from precipitaion and water accumulation to permeability and soil types.

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On a meso-scale, we aim to rewild the land to improve the water retention of the soil in the catchment of the river by basing land-use on gradient slope and soil type.

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The physical proposal seeks to connect people to the rewilded landscape and overcome ecological boredom by contrasting experiences of shelter and safety with that of excitement and danger.

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