The Archipelago And The Line
Borsh valley, Albania
Competition, 3rd prize, 2018
The premise of the competition was to connect climate change and landscape transformations for sustainable touristic facilities. Every climate change, in human history, has radically transformed the landscape and its inhabitation. The most invisible alterations in weather lead to a new system of production and use of land.
In this context, the fundamental challenge is not to stop the climate change effects but rather to use these consequences effectively as a part of a long-term landscape transformation. Due to its characteristics, the current production in the area will inevitably stop. On the other hand, landscape identity can still be part of a new scenario where the prevailing vocation will be tourism.
The proposal tackles the impact of the rising water level expected shortly on the Albanian coast of Borsh Valley, currently an olive oil production area. In particular, the rising water level offers the opportunity to reinvent the way of inhabiting the coast. Therefore, it would be possible to take advantage of this gradual process to set a lagoon instead of dry land that turns into the sea. Through this overlapping of olive groves with lagoon canals, the project makes the area inhabitable despite inevitable transformations.
The private olive tree fields could turn into some small islands, abandoned areas into salty pools, roads into canals, and cars into boats. The land properties become the criteria to divide the field into islands, with different uses, the memory of the pre-climate change period.
In this scenery, we propose a hybrid infrastructure: a linear floating promenade that leads to the sea. It contains a drainage system aside with water and electricity supply. Along this new path, a sequence of cabins provides touristic accommodations, farmers sheds, toilettes, dressing rooms, and storages.
The hybridization between accommodations, facilities, agricultural deposits, and promenade, aims to concentrate and densify the presence of human activities in the landscape. The new infrastructures is a temporary element of connection, easy to modify or remove; it hosts ephemeral structures, necessary to inhabit the new wetland.
The proposal is an attempt to define a framework for human activities in fragile and precarious conditions.>