Design Studio (Summer 2022)


In western Liguria between Genoa and the Côte d' Azur, agglomerations are growing along the Mediterranean coast and into the valleys, while at the same time the landscape in the mountains is falling into disuse. Where once a system of canals draining water from the Alps into the sea simultaneously served to irrigate the vineyards and olive slopes, its loss today leads to erosion and water shortages. The isolated villages are losing their inhabitants, and the cost of maintaining infrastructure in abandoned areas is becoming inefficient. Demographic change combined with climate change poses new challenges. The polarity of water scarcity and water catastrophe leads to issues that need to be addressed at different scales.

recent . retentiv . resilient .

Bachelor . In this year's bachelor project, we are looking for answers as to how the Ligurian landscape can be preserved, further developed and renewed in times of climate change with regional concepts and designs including village development and small-scale solutions. The goal is to restore the connection between the coast and the hinterland and to bring them together into a consistent landscape.

In the classical triad of the term 'lifting', the structures and elements of the historical cultural landscape (especially the dry stone walls of olive cultivation) are to be 'lifted' in the landscape in the sense that they are preserved (resilient - able to resist), can take on new functions (retentive - able to absorb) and are renewed (recent - fresh).

landscape TRANSECT .

Master . The western Ligurian cultural landscape, province of Imperia, is located at the intersection between the dense coastal area and the emptying landscape spaces in the adjacent mountains. It has a high need for spatial concepts to connect the historically shaped cultural landscape with demographic and climatic changes, new economic forms, tourism and settlements, water management and "sponge landscapes".

In the context of the master project at the professorship LAREG, we are dealing with landscape transects to be freely defined, from the urban coast around Imperia to the suburban bordering region to the rural stigmatized alpine hinterland. We will test how landscape - loosely based on Henri Lefèbvre - can be designed as a mediating level in this field of tension between everyday worlds and global systems. Ultimately, a prototypical design will be developed for the Ligurian Mediterranean coast and its 'countryside'.

Theory .

During the project platform, we deal with...
... the morphological approach and the regional scale (SCHÖBEL)
... the palimpsest and permanent structures (ROSSI, CORBOZ)
... villages, agriculture and dry stone walls (GHERSI, KONOLD)
... "swamplands" in climate change (YU, MC HARG)
... demographic change, microeconomies, tourism and rural social structures.