Migrating Mediterranean

Exploring the limits of growth means exploring the extension of growth, both in terms of space and in terms of time.
Urban lifestyle is a major co-responsible to resource depletion throughout the planet. It is urgent to observe, research and disseminate the geographical implications of the supply-demand chain, and how western life standards are dependent on extraction processes often distant from the places of consumption.

Migrating Mediterranean, elaborates a critical mapping which concentrates on depicting resources (extraction), migrations and landscape migrations.

The cartography delves into the Mediterranean “continent”, identifying the agents of instability to convey that the background which we assume to be fix, it’s in-fact not.
Resources, humans, animals, plant species, cultures, crops, literature, ecosystems, and tectonics are ever-moving elements which prove that the analyzed context should be acknowledged as in constant evolution. The acceleration of growth is modifying such patterns at their very foundations.

The Mediterranean Sea is ancestral in its very nature. Cradle of culture, democracy, and exchange yet a stage of human rights violation and ecological depletion.
Its long-lasting, layered, and conflictual palimpsest offers an unprecedented opportunity to research the notion of time and space: the very foundation to address change.
Long-term paradigmatic changes need to be rooted in the acknowledgement of the simultaneous coexistence of different timeframes and disciplinary lenses.
Migrating Mediterranean is a timeless cartography, where the “instant” coexists with geological eras.

Design by: Openfabric

Team: Francesco Garofalo, Konstantinos Venis, Enrico Mancadori, Luigi Ettore Ricchioni

Client: International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam: IABR

Project timeframe: January – August 2022

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