Designing for Water Quality

As part of our studio project, which rethinks the Kabatas ferry station site, we were instructed to study the Bosphorus and our site in a way that incorporates our own interests or expertise.  The ecology of waterfront spaces has always interested me, so I’ve been observing the water’s edge and researching how water quality relates to those edges. So far, research has told me that the Bosphorus Strait is one of the most polluted straits in the world.  This didn’t really surprise me after observing the massive amount of anthropogenic influence at it’s edge in multiple forms.  The main pollution concern in the Bosphorus is not the tangible garbage floating in the water, but rather the state of the water that is pumped back into, or runs-off into the Bosphorus.  Nutrient levels have been increasing from the excess phosphorus and nitrogen  entering the water, changing the ecology of the water system.  Edge conditions that don’t allow for the filtration of run-off are a part of the problem. Our site at Kabatas is composed completely of these stark edges.  The opportunity to mitigate and improve water the water quality of the Bosphorus exists through this design project.  The next step is to understand how water works on the site so that that some sort of filtering can be incorporated by directing water flow through grade changes, or by planting buffers at the water’s edge.

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