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Ecoplan: algae / energy / landscape / urban design / waterJune 1, 2008

Ecosystemic Masterplanning project for the DISEZ, economic free zone near Dakkar in Senegal. ecoLogicStudio was hired by One Works architects to consult on the systemic masterplanning approach to the development of a large area of landscape and sparcely populated territory adjacent to the new Dakkar airport.
Responding to the brief of a long term urbanization plan for this rural region of Senegal, the work has focused on the exploration of systemic planning strategies and urban development methods. The DISEZ region has been framed through managerial regions differentiated by topographic condition and ecologic potential. The main aim has been to develop a serie of strategic pilot projects or catalytic prototypes within these frameworks, turning the sites into models for the generation of a larger urban co-action plan.
The project of the regional eco-plan is generated through the interaction of 3 main components, dealing with different levels of complexity:
- strategic diagramming (definition of specific territorial relationships which will set up the intentions of the projects)
-mapping (indentification of environmental and social dynamics on site)
-prototyping (development of a toolbox of specific prototypes or pilot projects responding to the identified dynamics).
Pilot projects can be identified on each of the topographic region; the collective of prototypes has interacted ad different levels tracing the lines of a single systematically defined eco-plan.

Algae farm is a new type of energy plant that syntesizes landscape qualities with socio-cultural training and renewable energy production. The solar energy is converted in biomass by algae that are grown into large bioreactors; located in the confluence of vegetated ridges and flood plain toporegions the bioreactors take the organization of long lines of vineyards, conveying strong characterisation to the landscape. The prototype integrates research center on bioenergies and training facilities for locals.

African Roundabout is a specific prototype of roundabout that integrates the local tradition of organizing villages and paths in concentric circles around the main existing baobab trees. This new prototypes will function as organizational principle for the new developments and will allow a more intense dialogue between the new fabric and the existing strong point in the landscape constitued by these large isolated trees.

Green Belts have been adopted in London to frame urbanization in areas of flat land. Here the type is hybridized with functions of waste processing and energy generation. Urban green belts will surround new industrial areas with linear parks; within the belts dedicated stations will function as differential waste management systems; biodigesters will process organic waste while paper, plastic, metals and glass will be collected and recycled separately.

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