Wind farm as cultural landscape

Future scenarios for Langdoc-Roussillon

Location: Vallé del Agly, Langdoc-roussillon, France

Stakeholders: DRAC Langdoc-roussillon

University: ETSAB

Site: Agriculture and industrail areas


This competition entry deals with the question how to create a profitable wind farm which´s profits, not only form a new source of income for the local population, contribute to a further improvement of the existing landscape (by investing part of the profits), but also do this in a respectful manner. Herewith a new landscape can be created, existing core landscape values be strengthened and can weaknesses be turned into new strengths, benefiting the overall perception of the landscape.

Both projects intend to give an important impulse to local tourism, given the fact that the French wine production is decreasing. These economic changes have left their marks within the project landscape, having turned many vineyards into abandoned plots. Each wind farm strategy intends to use these plots to improve the ecological connectivity and biodiversity of the system as a whole, applying ecological principles like patches, borders and vegetation strata.

Additionally, the wind farms want to create a ´green´ landmark within the landscape, which not only will attract (sustainable) tourism but will also reclaim the forgotten second coast of the French Riviera. This can either be achieved by its strategic situation near roads or placement within a unique environment (quarry).

Other key point within both projects is formed by the creation of one or more visual control points within the landscape, allowing visitors to perceive the project in its full splendor. To achieve maximum results with the visual integration of the wind farms in the landscape, turbines will be placed in such a way that they follow the existing topography.

Design team: Margherita Galante, Francesca Ciuppa & Israel Martinéz Vallés.

Tutor: Marti Franch, Maria Goula, Ana Zanahoero, Pepa Moran


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