Resilient Coastal Leisure Environments Research Publication

Credit: Alysoun Wright

Credit: Alysoun Wright

Credit: Alysoun Wright

Credit: Alysoun Wright

Credit: Alysoun Wright

Credit: Alysoun Wright

Resilient Coastal Leisure Environments: Mapping the Working Landscape

Edited by Professor Ivan Rupnik. Graphics edited by Alysoun Wright.

PROJECT BACKGROUND:
Over the last year, a team of researchers in Portugal, Croatia and Boston have been considering how future tourism development might better be leveraged to create more resilient coastal environments, using the Algarve and Dalmatia as comparative case studies. This project, titled Estudo Comparativo para a Reabilitação Urbana PT_HR Algarve-Dalmácia [Comparative Study of Urban Rehabilitation Strategies in the Algarve, Portugal and Dalmatia, Croatia], has been further investigated through a year-long graduate research studio at Northeastern University entitled Resilient Coastal Leisure Environments. The studio has been conducted in collaboration with the EUVG School of Architecture in Coimbra, Portugal. The entire project has been financially supported by MSF/Neocivil as part of a European Union research program.

To better inform themselves of these issues students travelled through the Algarve region of Portugal and central Dalmatia in Croatia for 10 days during November of last year, with a group of Portuguese students from the EUVG University, guided in both places by local
experts from various disciplines. Two Northeastern faculty with expertise in sustainable coastal development, Dan Adams and Marie Law Adams also accompanied the group.

On Wednesday, March 13, 2013, the Northeastern University School of Architecture held a one day symposium which included professionals, scholars and graduate students working on issues related to this project. This symposium utilized a series of contemporary projects in various stages of completion to frame broader issues of tourism development and urban resilience. These projects are also included in this exhibition.