MANUFACTURING THE TROPICS  The re-establishment of Lohachara Island within the Venetian context re-creates a tropical microclimate within a temperate context through the utilisation of the byproducts of mass-water intake and processing.   The environment of Lohachara’s tropical homeland contributes to the “revival” of the lost island of Lohachara through allowing portability to fundamental aspects of the community's culture, including the ability to grow tropical produce, and the festivities centred around the monsoon season. In doing so, [Super]Nature is explored in a manufactured re-understanding of the principals of the rainforest through recycling of local resource.
 The boilers and steam transportation pipes form “trees” that are tapped to fuel the tropical rainforest microclimate, allowing the growing of crops and the manufacturing of the tropical seasons in alignment with tidal floodwater intake. The waterfalls and processing reservoirs form a cooling environment for the housing, water farms and local harvesting of hydropower. The low-tech community-built housing constructed locally using sand from the excavated aquifer, over time incorporating accumulated limescale and salt blocks.
 The rituals of the Indian farming community align with the descending and rising waters. Their materials are as much air, water and the colourful dancing of saris as the mighty concrete of their backdrop. Looking out from a New Lohacharian home on a warm autumns day 50m below sea level, the mango trees are ripe for harvest and the boats are being pulled in ready to collect the winter light.
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