Leads: Qiwei Song, Meikang Li and Chaoyi Cui (University of Toronto)
Completion Date: December 2017
To tackle the water pollution issue in the Everglades, this proposal is a cost-efficient alternative, and improvement, to existing expensive treatment infrastructures. The treatment areas are planned on current and future available land. The transformation starts from public open space to construct the fundamental infrastructure—which also serves as an education function to the private stakeholders who are expected to further incrementally improve the system. The equestrian activities and the original drainage system function are well maintained. It creates a sustainable framework that benefits water quality, enhances the living experience, and preserves equestrian lifestyle—with an aesthetic, dynamic, cultural and functional landscape.
"As a design concept, it integrates land development, infrastructure, drainage, and ecology at a regional scale. The concept was backed by considerable research, analysis, and was beautifully presented and illustrated. Imagine the surprise of the Jury when it was realized this was the same student who prepared the above submission!"
"Quite comprehensive in its integration of innovative bio-filtration strategies at a broad and complementary range of spatial scales. The representation of experiential and visual qualities—of what is primarily an eco-infrastructural proposal—is commendable."