Esperide envisions the ‘artificial’ creation of a replicable ‘natural’ island 4 km off the Adriatic coast. Esperide allows for fish fauna repopulation reef / Adriatic dune landscape / natural beach and submarine park bay / sailboat marina / marine biology laboratory / micro-aeolian energy field. The present-day uncontrolled plotting of an interface between production and information, though, and the subsequent ongoing dematerialization of the production system offer a concrete opportunity to imagine the incorporation of a ‘domestic landscape’ within a wider biotechnological environment. Esperide constitutes a highly simplified experiment implying an artificial substructure supporting the spontaneous development of a natural marine dune ecosystem, favoring flora and fauna repopulation and fostering the rapidly shrinking bio-diversity. It stands in diametrical contrast with many recent proposals for artificial islands replicating off-shore traditional real estate speculation patterns, multiplied in humongous volumetric quantities, futilely veiled underneath vacuous claims of a virtuous energetic balance. Esperide envisions the spontaneous development of marine eco-systems on a catalyzing artificial spine engrafted in the sea-bed, originating a symbiotic landscape of natural and artificial features, in which the crucial theme of human presence integration is still open and needs to be thoroughly addressed. For the implementation of Esperide the creation of a public/private non-profit consortium is under process.
location: Adriatic sea, 4 km off Italian coast
dimensions: 360 x 180 m
client: no-profit consortium
budget: 65 million USD
concept: Roberto Pasini, Enrico Piraccini
feasibility study, concept design, landscape design: AUS Pasini Ranieri – design team: René Perez, Humberto Burgos