The University of Split Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture students Tina Busatto and Suzana Lunić’s project demonstrates the fact that an opportunity can crop up and be recognized as such even in the worst of situations and that environmental architecture can be exceptionally attractive. Hrvoje Njirić assigned a floating development in Dalmatia as the students’ task, hence Tina Busatto and Suzana Lunić found their designated location in Kaštela Bay, a synonym for pollution and other forms of spatial devastation.
Posing the inevitable question of what, if anything, could be done in a sea abundant in fecal matter and surrounded with greenhouse gases, they came to the conclusion that it was a simply ideal atmosphere for algae cultivation. Algae need a nutrient (fecal matter), CO2, and the sea – all of which the Bay abounds in.
The floating algae cultivation site is thus an element of the bay’s transformation, while at the same time a new living community with an entirely distinct urbanity. As is the case with the Venetian Lagoon, fields of algae are intercepted by ships’ routes, a water world situated in its junction providing a completely novel, reinterpreted image of a Dalmatian development. It is not a tourist theme park, frozen in a romantic notion of the 19th century, rather a modern development which finds its raison d’être in highly concrete production.
As Utopian as this project may seem at first glance, the matter at hand is actually quite a realistic proposal with a sound economic basis, thus figuring as a project which should be seriously considered within the context of the Kaštela Bay revitalization plan.
*A Croatian nutrient in a Croatian airplane, ship or products?
*Examples and models of algae cultivation
*Transport map; Algae development in its final form
* Algae development
*Algae development detail