Wenda Xu



Architecture & Urban Conditions




This is the urban century. For the first time, the majority of people live in towns and cities. While urbanisation can be viewed as a feature of economic growth and developmental progress, it also causes the loss and degradation of natural habitats; reducing in ecosystem services and increases levels of pollution. Simultaneously, the radical growth of urbanisation causes urban sprawl and rising land prices which affect urban agriculture significantly. If we continue down the path we’re on, Sydney stands to lose approximately 60% of its total food production by 2031. All of these problems make me to rethink the way of urban food production. Are there new urban food production methods to reshape urban ecosystem that could solve the food crisis, reduce the impact on the natural environment, as well as maintain a high quality of life for humans?

This project aims to explore a new, replicable urban food production system for both local residents and visitors. This will include four major components: a fish market, a market place, a digital farming (research centre) and an urban wetland.  This new resilient system will help to produce local fresh food and build up a recreational and sustainable environment where everyone can participate and acknowledge our relationship with nature.  It will also facilitate innovations and accommodate changing lifestyles.
The key design decisions in this project are: the urban setting of the building along the Bay district and the internal spatial shaping as "Space Landscape.” The building design follows the wetland’s pattern in terms of forms and hierarchy, and continues topography and landscape into the buildings to define forms, programs, spaces and experiences. Landscape is a media that blends the wetland and city fabric into a series of unique buildings and continuous high quality public domain which integrate the urban recreations and urban green spaces