WATERFRONT IZOLA (Izola, Slovenia)
The northeastern part of the old town of Izola in Slovenia, which contains areas protected as natural and cultural heritage, is experiencing significant capital pressure. This location had what were probably the first thermal baths in Slovenian territory, as well as fish canneries established in the nineteenth century.
Today the main characteristics of the area are fenced-in industrial activities (also the seaside promenade between Koper and Izola is cut off by industrial area) and a lack of green programs and systems. The degraded urban area, which was partly filled in and where a shipyard was built in the 1970s, is still used exclusively by the shipbuilding and fish-processing industries. The Jadranka campground, located on a narrow strip between the sea and the entrance road into Izola, is intended for tourist activities.
Slovenian and foreign investors are seeking permission to build three islands in Viližan Bay and start the construction of large-scale tourist resorts. If the investors can realize these plans, this would completely change the image of Izola and turn it into the largest seaside tourist resort in Slovenia (Šuligoj, 2009).
You are requested to make a design for the future developing of the waterfront Izola east. It will be necessary to take the mentioned developments into account.
Design week 1: workshop in Izola
At the end of the course you present a urban design for the future developing of the waterfront Izola east. It will be necessary to take the mentioned developments into account. You should use the international workshop about waterfronts in the design week in Izola to get more depth in your analyses and to define your project area and your program.
In this Urban Nomads program you will develop 6 professional competencies: Concept, Urban Design, Analysis, Urban Research, Urban Strategy, Being aware of surroundings.
During 1 semester you will work continuously and integrally on these competencies. You work individual and you will get weekly feedback in classes on your products. This project includes 2 design weeks and a final presentation.
Feedback on products:
Once a week you get individual feedback on the design products in the studio of Urban Nomads (location, day and time have to be announced)
At the end of the course you will present your project to professionals.
After the final presentation your portfolio will be accessed by certificated assessors on the 6 competencies. You will receive a certificate
Concept schedule winter term (October – January) Christmas break 3 weeks
October November December January
week 1 introduction research design
week 2 analysis design design design
week 3 design week 1 design presentation
week 4 concept design week 2 assessment
Design week 1: Biennale di Architettura in Venice
Saxion University of Applied Sciences, department of urban design
University of Ljubljana Faculty of Architecture
Prof. Dr. Lucija Ažman Momirski, architect, Ljubljana
Ir. Emiel Lamers, architect, Ljubljana
Ir. Maarten Struijs, architect, Rotterdam
Rita Justesen, Head of Planning at Copenhagen City & Port Development
The first design week is on the project site in Izola. You join a international, multidisciplinary workshop organized University of Ljubljana about resilient waterfronts. We start with lectures about reference projects in Hamburg, Copenhagen, Tallinn and Rotterdam. After that (day 2 till 5) you develop a concept together with students of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design from the University of Ljubljana. After the workshop in Izola we traveled by boat across the Adriatic Sea to Venice. There you will analyze the different waterfronts of the Laguna area and we will visit the Venice Biennale of Architecture “Common Ground” to improve the theoretical knowledge about architecture and urban design. In the second design week you analyze and visit the just realized Boulevard in Scheveningen designed by Morales as reference projects of resilient waterfront designs in The Netherlands.
design model waterfront Izola, D. van den Brink
2012 winter term
40 hours per week