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Water Holding Across a Broad Geography

Considering fields as the seed of change to form a new flood-resistant infrastructure, we aim to create multiple amphibious cities that contribute to a more diverse and resilient urban landscape in Cali. The economic success of the sugar cane plantations, through which large corporations have been able to consolidate political-business power, have marginalized the indigenous and black farm workers, and severely degraded the soil and the environment while increasing flood risk. Parallel to this is the large cultural footprint of indigenous and black communities that have toiled in the sugarcane fields for generations, that is reflected in the daily use of drinks such as panela. This project aims to transform the sugarcane monoculture into diversified agriculture that will heal the soil, empower farm workers, diversify incomes, and create decent job opportunities. Flood risk will be mitigated by setting up green corridors along the Cauca River, and digging loop channels to connect agricultural fields to the main river. These channels will automatically expand through river scouring which can be supplemented by a green buffer to reduce the impact on villages. Meanwhile, new industries like aquaculture and tourism will be introduced to boost the Blue & Green Economy, where communities can earn payment for the stewardship of biodiverse ecosystems. From 2023 to 2050, we envision more livability, socio-economic inclusiveness, and environmental sustainability in Cali, with special focus on nature-based infrastructure and biodiversity conservation that will ensure a more sustainable and resilient future for the city in the face of climate change.