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Mare Nostrum

, 2005, Las Palmas, Rotterdam
urbanism
together with:
Roger Teeuwen
spatial design DaF-architects
occasion:
2nd International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam
item:
exhibition design elements: logo; carpet; country panels; Datascape and leporello
content Mare Nostrum is a research project on the colonisation of coastlines by international tourism. Mare Nostrum is concerned with one of the most conspicuous trends in globalisation, namely the rise of mass tourism. Specifically it focuses on the coastlines of countries, in temperate and sub-tropical climates. Seventeen guest curators from seventeen different countries and regions of the world were invited to analyse the development of their coastlines and present alternative approaches. Their findings are shown in the Mare Nostrum exhibition. design For the seventeen participants, maps are designed which rather than depict the territory of a country, show the territorial water thereof. This offers another perspective on the country and it’s coastline. The core of the exhibition is a 38-meter long, backlit data wall, Mare Nostrum Datascape. In this Datascape background information regarding the development of tourism is visualised. All the beaches in the world are listed in the carpet on the floor.

Mare Nostrum, Datascape

, 2005,
urbanism
together with:
Roger Teeuwen
occasion:
2nd International Architecture Biennale, Rotterdam
item:
leporello
English edition
230 x 170 / 230 x 1700 mm
20 pages

content This Datascape was created for the Mare Nostrum exhibition. Tourism has become the world’s biggest and fastest growing industry, it is the world’s number one employer and export earner. However, tourism also contains the seeds of its own destruction, since it is capable of destroying the very environmental and cultural assets that made a region attractive in the first place. Datascape provides background information on the development of tourism, and on how this affects the world we live in. design The 38-meter long backlit data wall, the core of the exhibition, is scaled down to a leporello booklet. The design is built up in two layers. The first layer is a series of enlarge skyline photographs of beaches form around the world. As the observer approaches the wall, this layer becomes vaguer, ultimately transforming into large pixels at which stage, the second layer, the data layer, becomes legible. For a large part of the collected data, new notation forms are developed. All pages are shown.

Water Cities flags

, 2005,
graphic design
together with:
Roger Teeuwen
occasion:
Mare Nostrum exhibition
item:
scetches
content Mare Nostrum is a research project on the colonisation of coastlines by international tourism. Mare Nostrum is concerned with one of the most conspicuous trends in globalisation, namely the rise of mass tourism. Specifically it focuses on the coastlines of countries, in temperate and sub-tropical climates. Seventeen guest curators from seventeen different countries and regions of the world were invited to analyse the development of their coastlines and present alternative approaches. Their findings are shown in the Mare Nostrum exhibition. design For the seventeen participants, flags are designed.