ARCH 402B: Architectural Design IV Gallery: Confluent Ecologies: New Urban Ground

S. Nakanoshima Edge

This new edge condition is located within Nakanoshima, an area in Osaka heavily impacted by the climate change crisis of the sea level rising. With the rapid industrialization of Osaka, this edge condition proposes a new typology where the building accepts the sea level rise and leverages it to introduce nature to a highly man made city. By bringing in nature and a sense of acceptance, this building offers comfort to the city while offering a sense of community to the general public as well as the hikikomori of Osaka. Hikikomori people tend to be socially distant for months at a time while being overwhelmed by their anxiety. This edge condition offers a sense of privacy and belonging for them through its location as well as utilizing natural elements to help people gain confidence.