AA Inter 3

Draft 01 – Tangible ecosystem by taikitakemura
April 16, 2018, 12:26 pm
Filed under: 2017-18, Taiki


SITE : Open market space in front of Darbar Square

Toilets have been the major distress in built environment throughout human’s history, even though other animals are enjoying comfortable defecation in forests : habitat complex of lives stand upright from the toilet of all the inhabitants. This manmade-notion have actually left the lowest caste called Dalits (or untoucheables) to continuously working on sewage management and excretion waste disposal for generations. The deep-rooted discrimination to them have still been present in modern age after official legal statement prohibited discrimination. However, toilets are one of the most vital space in built environment for water conservation, organic waste disposal, public hygiene and particularly the nutrition cycle encompasses throughout the local ecosystem. Current modern society naively discard the excretion materials and even incinerate, and then hugely disrupts nutrient cycle between forest, river, ocean and human’s society, since humanity consume immense amount of natural materials without returning them.

I would like to reconnect people in Kathmandu to forest and agriculture. This can be primary practiced with this elevated public toilet equipped with bio-decomposing system of excretion wastes turning them into nutritious compost without any disgusting fumes. Each toilet tower are made of local timber and its interior is consists of parts of local plants with medical/health promoting scent. Each top part is designed like corridor, centered by a single toilet, which faces toward either one of local forests or agricultural fields where the compost from this facilities will be provided. Dalits maintaining this facility will be more like trader of high-quality fertilizers rather than sweeper of nasty space, and this could probably upgrade the social status of them as high as the Trader caste in Vaishyas Caste. Additionally, the significance of practices maintaining and contributing to the local ecosystem are increasingly important in the global society as well as Kathmandu, which could further empower Dalits’ social importance.

This facility is located right in front of the Hindu Temple to represent the strong will towards social change to gradually opt out from inhumane traditional practice. Also, This facility is designed to be accessible from/to numbers of surrounding rooftop restaurants and cafes around this public market space. Here, on the market space, the new urban forest of indigenous species will grow by the same compost as a physical quotation of remote forest and fields empowered by the same nutrient source. The original market is split into few slabs and elevated in publicly accessible means. These terraced market space will eventually been enveloped by dense evergreen canopy. The stone pavement will be converted into undulated forest bed accessible for walk.