Urban Gardens on the Floodway

This man made river is referred to as the Manggahan Floodway. It connects Laguna Lake, Marikina River, and Napindan tributaries and was constructed in 1986 as an overflow basin to prevent flooding. It is supposed to be a protected area and should not be inhabited because it is a flood zone, but people still live along the floodway at certain points. 

 Crops are planted along the floodway where there is wide expanse of open land. 

Crops are planted along the floodway where there is wide expanse of open land. 

 This mother named Evelyn shows me tomatoes she is growing for her family. 

This mother named Evelyn shows me tomatoes she is growing for her family. 

 The farmers, such as this man, live in the informal houses lining the road along the floodway. 

The farmers, such as this man, live in the informal houses lining the road along the floodway. 

 Eastwood central business district in the background contrasts with these numerous informal gardens. 

Eastwood central business district in the background contrasts with these numerous informal gardens. 

 Pasig public housing is seen in the background across the river from these informal settlements. While these people are living in a danger zone and should be relocated to a safer area, it does make me wonder how we can better design social housing where people have access to community use of land such as this where they choose to garden. 

Pasig public housing is seen in the background across the river from these informal settlements. While these people are living in a danger zone and should be relocated to a safer area, it does make me wonder how we can better design social housing where people have access to community use of land such as this where they choose to garden. 

 The gardens are highly organized with make shift delineations.  

The gardens are highly organized with make shift delineations.  

 A view of the river's edge from the Javier bridge. The water on this side is complete clear. 

A view of the river's edge from the Javier bridge. The water on this side is complete clear. 

 But on the other side it is rife with water hyacinth. Equivalent to an algae bloom these plants, which suck pollutants out of the water, must be battling something very serious to be thriving at this quantity. The local government has a handicraft livelihood program to convert these water hyacinth into baskets and other products. Clearly there is no dearth of material. 

But on the other side it is rife with water hyacinth. Equivalent to an algae bloom these plants, which suck pollutants out of the water, must be battling something very serious to be thriving at this quantity. The local government has a handicraft livelihood program to convert these water hyacinth into baskets and other products. Clearly there is no dearth of material.