Li / Adaption through Design

Adaption through Design Coastal Ecological Corridor as a Nature-based Defense to Tackle Rising Sea Level

Author: Jiaxi Li, Politecnico di Milano

Supervisor: Matteo Umberto Poli, Politecnico di Milano; Andrea Oldani, Prof., DAStU, Politecnico di Milano

Research stage: Initial doctoral stage

Category: Extended abstract


Due to the lack of concentrate on ecology, land subsidence caused by rampant urbanization, and therefore the consequences of absolute lowland rise pose a direct threat to cities. This research aims to explore the design of coastal ecological corridors combining recreation and tourism in order to let it absorb the impact of sea-level rise and, at the same time, curtail the speed of land subsidence. This research is Design-driven research based on the Chongming Island, located at the mouth of the Yangtze in China. This research seeks to provide designers with design references for this type of project. The paper briefly introduces nature-based ecological corridors and integrated solutions in the construction of coastal resilience and analyzes changes in land use and landscape pattern on Chongming Island. The outcome will be applied to coastal wetlands, coastal ecological network construction, etc., to reduce the threat of land subsidence and slow lowland rise.

Keywords: sea-level rise, ecological corridor, Chongming Island