Project description

In this Anthropocene epoch, landscapes are being harmed by the rapid urbanization. The coastal landscape changed by the expansion of coastal infrastructure to sustain the growth of residential, commercial, industrial, needs. Cromarty Firth is the showcase of how ‘Anthropocene/Capitalocene’ as the new geological epoch effect and transform the global landscape and environment. The socio-economic transformation of the Firth is driven by fossil fuel extraction and industry. This transformation is also causing the fragmentation of the coastal landscape of the Cromarty Firth.

From the above context, the project will focus on the area of Nigg Bay, the edge of the Cromarty Firth. By discovering the geology and ecological potential of defragmenting the coastal landscape of the Firth, the project is aimed to create a continuous network along the Firth in various forms, a boardwalk, parks, or patches of greenery. To regenerate the natural habitat along the coastline through rejuvenating the watercourse, expanding the natural landscape to the intensive agricultural field. Ultimately using the network to defragment the coastal landscape of the Firth due to the fossil fuel extraction, embracing the natural heritage, and create a green network for the whole Cromarty Firth. Also, using the network to reimagine the afterlife of extraction.

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Showing the design progress from site analysis, forming the initial design strategy of Nigg Bay
Afterlife Of Extraction: Coastal Regeneration of Cromarty Firth - Design Concept

The initial idea is to restore the natural riparian and intertidal habitat of the Nigg Bay area. Through rejuvenating the watercourse of the Nigg Bay which driven by the surrounding farmland, to recreate a natural habitat for humans and more than humans.

Using the boardwalk as the key element to create the Cromarty Firth Network, passing through the intertidal area, bring people closer to the edge of the Firth and experience the unique intertidal habitat.

Diagram
The regeneration of Nigg Bay landscape starts from the river rejuvenation, expanding the natural landscape to the intertidal mudflat. Using the Boardwalk as a binding element to form a continuous network along the edge of Cromarty Firth.
Landscape Master Plan & Detail Plans
Redefining the Nigg bay coastal landscape through the regenerated riparian landscape and intertidal habitat, creating a dynamic network crossing through the natural habitat and around the Cromarty Firth coastline.
The Dynamic Coastal Network - Landscape Experiences
River Rejuvenation
Introducing wooden structures along the boardwalk with minimal disturbance to the landscape. As a shelter and birdwatching hub, framing views to the landscape.
River Rejuvenation
Regenerating the riparian landscape along the river by reshaping the existing watercourse and introducing riparian planting.
Saltmarsh & Mudflat Regeneration
The boardwalk let people to experience the tidal change of the unique intertidal mudflat
Saltmarsh & Mudflat Regeneration
The Hub as a shelter and lookout, framing the view towards the intertidal mudflat
The Lookout: A communal hub along the edge of Nigg Bay

The lookout is a wooden structure placed along the coastal boardwalk. It is an interactive hub use as a shelter, for birdwatching, exhibition, and educational station.

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The Lookout: General Design detail

The hub is made from larch timber from the local commercial forestry, elevated from the ground to prevent erosion from water. To minimize the impact to the ground, using screw piles as the foundation of the structure.

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General dimension and design detail of the lookout and boardwalk
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