Project Abstract

Infrastructural Driven Urban Regeneration                                  

1. Thesis (Question)

What happened to the current Thames Barrier after second barrier constructed?
Public sharing time framed infrastructure to transform urban spaces.


1.1 2031-2100 Regenerative Thames Barrier – Continuous lifespan
1.2 2031-2100 Aging population & Social Engagement in East London
1.3 2031-2100 Clean the Thames Sewage – New Water filtration | Water Re-use technology

An immediate study should be carried about the continuity and what after 2030 with the current Thames Barrier as the initial functionality declining and a new barrier at the down stream is being discussed. | The encouragement of community cohesion and inter-faith dialogue remains an important issue in Est London.  As a result the area bucks the trend of an aging UK population and has one of the youngest populations in Northern Europe. | In an average year, 39 million cubic metres of untreated sewage overflows into the River Thames through London’s combined sewer overflows (CSOs). London’s sewerage system dates from the 19th Century and was designed as a combined system. The brackish water region makes Thames Barrier is one of the potential site for water filtering.

2. Hypothesis (Answer)

Time based connection between the North (Silvertown) and South (Charlton)

The Thames Barrier will either be decomposed or transformed into secondary functionality.

3. Assessment Criteria (How to Assess)

Supply and gain system
Tidal patterns

4. Methods
Tidal System

Rise of water level
Time generation 2031 – 2100
Local development
Water Traffic

Movable structure


5. Site & Community

Thames Barrier
Silvertown Quay
Charlton & Riverside
1. Climate change and rising sea level; 2. Aging of the current defense infrastructure; 3. More people living and working in the defended floodplain; and 4. the slow “tilting” of Britain (up in the north and west, and down in the south and east) caused by glacial isocracy.

6. Anticipated Outcome and Dissemination
Incorporating street, tides and resource management, feedback mechanism according to time

7. Further Challenge

“ Regeneration has to do with rebirth of life itself. A regenerative system provides for continuous replacement, through its own functional period, of the energy and materials used in its operation.
                                                Regenerative Design for Sustainable Development, John Tillman Lyle

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