Aqua City for comfortable living

#StudioScenography #Master-Thesis

The climate crisis causes huge problems for humanity. The various ecological effects are already noticeable and give an impression of how the familiar urban habitat of humans could change in the future. Complex structures like cities are increasingly dominated by climatic conditions, which will eventually make urban life unbearable. Therefore, it is essential to rethink the concepts of cities and adapt them to diverse co-existing needs, in order to be able to handle the challenges of the future.

In his speculative work, Milo discusses a scenario that sustainably responds to these challenges in the city through design:

A walkable grid covered with plants runs through Basel and provides a creative solution to the continuously rising temperatures. It is fed with water from the Rhine in Birsfelden, allowing the river to flow through the entire city. As a result, the city cools down through the coexistence and intelligent relationship of human and non-human actors, causing the character of the city to fundamentally change. In some places the grid becomes denser, in others it is lighter. The grid can be entered at different levels and the water can be experienced in various ways: as a natural pool, as mist, as rain or as a waterfall. Furthermore, the grid offers non-human entities a coherent habitat, which houses a distinct biodiversity and thus establishes a valuable space in the midst of the city with water positioned as the overall connecting element. However, it is the places in which humans, plants and animals encounter and share that present as crucial, since they allow the coexistence of human and non-human beings to be experienceable.


Uwe Brückner


Martina Ehleiter


Ruth Scheel