MEMORY OF THE HABITAT In our memory, the coexistence of nature and man is the traditional mode of survival. The HABITAT is the only homeland
Since the industrial age, more people live in the city and we start to have our urban cycles. However, the urban cycle and nature cycle is separated, which led to a lot of conflicts between human and the natural resources, as well as between human ourselves. As we could assume, only if human and nature synergy cycles together, then we can have a sustainable future.
Therefore, compared with the concept of HABITAT, we create URBAN HABITAT, which provide a common living environment for both mankind and the nature, and on the other hand, it put those two things back to one cycle. Urban habitat is not a new concept, but it is a necessary common memory that we need to find back in this postindustrial era.
In the series of cycles, waste and food are two important common links between man and nature. Compost is an ecological way to turn the waste of human into the food of soil, create the biological synergy between human and nature from the microbe scale.
In Haarlem, it is worth to mention that the application of waste classification and recycle is working effectively, but only 20% of the citizens understand that kitchen waste can be compostedi. Every year, there are a lot of kitchen waste as energy source would be wasted. In order to raise the awareness of kitchen composting, the establishment of the composting experience center (CEC) is clearly necessary. The experience center, is going to be expected as the Kick-starter for the establishment of a whole new urban ecosystem from different aspects such as food, energy and society.
We believe that by transforming the abounded Sparrenkade into CEC, Spaarenkade could become the kick-starter of the urban ecosystem by creating the biological synergy between human and nature from compost. For the design of the compost experience center, the main question is - how to transfer an abounded industrial area into an impressive space where people could get an intensive experience of the process and outcome of compost, therefore enhance the awareness of "kitchen waste is resources" .