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architecture : theory and strategy

coast wise europe, design projects 1995-1996


object epilogue for workshop reader (in dutch) subject coastal tourism date december 1996 words 505 pages 1 author christiaan weiler - -



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A Continental Endeavour

In the end of 1994 the first prospectus of Coast Wise Europe was sent to 22 European coastal countries. This was the start of a two-year process leading to an atlas (Europe: Coast Wise), an exhibition, a catalogue and other representations which show a rich collection of research on the given theme of: tourism, coast and architecture. In each country the theme was implemented in the curricula of the participating schools. Each professor, tutor and student gave their own interpretation of the theme. One might say that so many readings of the initial brief could result in a confusion of the topic, but in fact it could also be seen as an enrichment, specifically in the light of this Pan-European project. At the opening there are about 50 panels involving 2000 km of coast prepared by at least 500 people from 17 countries.

These contributions exhibit a European diversity, but they also have a touristic appeal. When we choose a holiday destination the reason for a certain preference is an impression of the country. This general impression is as hard to describe as is the identity of ones own country, but is valid nonetheless. It does somehow represent a culture with its specific geography and climate, its religions and traditions. Studying the various projects one could look for these typical aspects and recognise the idee fixe we have of a country, but this is not a rule. Not all Baltic projects linger on a Viking or Hanseatic perspective which one could interpret as stout and craft. The Mediterranean contributions do not all show a deep feeling for history and grammar, eventhough they do have the richest architectural history. For the Atlantic ‘region’ these reflections are even more difficult, since its coast covers a large part of the northern hemisphere and shows quite extreme cultural differences. The question of authenticity is irrelevant in the realm of the architectural qualities of the plans, but inevitable in the geographic scope of this continental endeavour. The collection of studies is a good model of a possible European identity; it is specific and general at the same time.

Instead of dwelling on the however interesting, enigmatic and topical case of Europe’s identity, it is more fulfilling to deliberate the quality of the architectural richness. As many people that elaborated the given theme, as much architectural visions were delivered. The travelling exhibition of Coast Wise Europe offers a compact survey of differing architectural attitudes and results of architectural education from all over the continent, from the British Isles to the Anatolian Penisula, from the Gulf of Finland to the Douro estuary in Porto. It can be received as a simulated journey through the continent which one learns from. This time there’s no need to bother with luggage. The exhibition itself will travel and offer its knowledge to its visitors in each location. As soon as the container opens all the contributions will illustrate their origins and instructive journeys can be made by each visitor.

Christiaan Weiler

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PARTICIPANTS: BELGIUM, BRUSSELS, SAINT LUCAS INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTURE, RAF DE SAEGER -CROATIA, ZAGREB, UNIVERSITY OF ZAGREB, FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, SONJA JURKOVIC’ -DENMARK, ĹRHUS, ĹRHUS SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, HANS FELDTHUSEN -ENGLAND, HULL, UNIVERSITY OF HUMBERSIDE, SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, ANDY GILDING -ESTONIA, TALLINN, ESTONIAN ACADEMY OF ART, DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE, VELJO KAASIK -FINLAND, HELSINKI, HELSINKI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, SATU M. HIRVONEN AND JYRKI SINKKILÄ -GERMANY, HAMBURG, TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY HAMBURG-HARBURG, DEPARTMENT OF URBAN PLANNING, HELGA FASSBINDER & SÖREN HOLST -GREECE, THESSALONIKI, ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI, FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, LOIS PAPADOPOULOS -IRELAND, DUBLIN, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF DUBLIN, SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, PAUL KEOGH -ITALY, GENOA, UNIVERSITY OF GENOA, FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, STEFANO BOERI AND ANTONIO LAGORIO -LITHUANIA, VILNIUS, VILNIUS ART ACADEMY, DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE, MARIUS SALIAMORAS -NETHERLANDS, ROTTERDAM, ROTTERDAM ACADEMY OF ARCHITECTURE (RAG), JAN DUURSMA -NORWAY, TRONDHEIM, NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE TRONDHEIM, ELIN CORNEIL -POLAND, STETTIN, TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF STETTIN, DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE, ADAM SZYMSKI & WOJCIECH BAL -PORTUGAL, PORTO, UNIVERSITY OF PORTO, FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, MANUEL FERNANDES DE SA -RUSSIA, SAINT PETERSBURG, SAINT PETERSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY OF ARCHITECTURE AND CIVIL ENGINEERING, FEDOR PEROV -SCOTLAND, GLASGOW, MACKINTOSH SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, ANDREW MACMILLAN -SLOVENIA, LJUBLJANA, UNIVERSITY OF LJUBLJANA, FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, TADEJ GLAZAR -SPAIN, BARCELONA, TECHNICAL SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE OF BARCELONA, JUAN BUSQUETS -SWEDEN, STOCKHOLM, ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, IGOR DERGALIN -TURKEY, ISTANBUL, ISTANBUL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY, FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, HÜLYA YÜREKLI