2100: Agro Pontino is f-loading. The silent power of the lagoon.
Master degree Thesis
Politecnico of Milan, School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering
Supervisor: Matteo Umberto Poli
Co-supervisor: Andrea Gritti
Authors: Ida Orlando, Valeria Rellori, Giulia Stecchi
The Agro Pontino plain is one of the most at risk Italian coastal landscape due to erosion, sea level rise and food phenomena. The integral reclamation and the consequent urbanization process modifed a territory once dominated by vast wetlands and dunes. The altered topography and the water pumping system will no longer be able to efectively contrast the impact of climate change. The simulation of the food risk scenario due to the sea level rise, expected by 2100, shows the lowland as the most critical area. The complex line between earth and sea has to be considered as a dynamic border on which to intervene referring to a landscape that interacts by mediating the respective forces. In order to turn fragilities into opportunities, the plain treatment will be adaptive to the future environmental challenges, preserving the inland production, through the introduction of an open lagoon, as a natural water control basin, the regeneration of the dune system and the consolidation of the boundary. The design process involves a progressive gradient of natural and artifcial elements along the bufer zone applying specifc solutions e creating a continuum with the context. The aim is to create a food resilient system and an ever-changing landscape able to face the future upheavals and to provide a social catalyst. Sustainable design opportunities - social, cultural and physical processes- will lead to a new scenario aiming a resilient attitude and a new collective identity.