A landscape attitude
(hi)story _ the common shifting ground as terrain vague
Learning from the context _ landscape reading and analysis
Scenarios and strategic sites _ a territorial manifesto
A landscape laboratory _ exploring the common shifting ground
The decision of focusing the main body of work on strategic site 1 lies upon two main considerations.
Firstly, it showcases all the different landscape components and processes present in the area; secondly, due to its rather limited size, it represents the perfect case study where to test small-scale prototypes that can be subsequently applied on a broader scale. From here derives the decision of considering it a “landscape laboratory”.
The latter fits well into the critical role that the estuary has acquired in the latest years on the national agenda. In fact, it is under discussion the possibility of establishing a permanent “Littoral-Regional Atelier” in the area to study the effects and impacts of climate-change on the Atlantic coast.
The site could thus become integral part of an urgent public discussion, a key spot where to observe, experiment and acquire knowledge from the effects of man-made and natural phenomena active also on a regional scale.
In this perspective, which addresses the slowness required by environmental processes, the laboratory acquires a pedagogical role, not only for landscape architects and scientists, but also for the local community and tourists, making tangible – on a local scale – dynamics that belong to a global challenge.
Slide 1 _ Humid zones under the influence of high-tide fluctuations
Slide 2 _ Promenade west and surrounding landscape under the influence of high-tide fluctuations
Slide 3 _ Promenade north-south and the main canal