Mittelmeerland is an urban research project investigating the future of the Mediterranean. Over three years the intention is to research six different Mediterranean cities. Algiers is the destination after Beirut, Tangier and Dubrovnik. Istanbul and Alexandria will follow next year.
Algiers offers the opportunity to dive into emerging political, social and environmental topics. We will be researching the difficult relations between the city and the sea and try to understand the Chaos and Beauty of current Mutations. Algiers city is disconnected from the Sea, separated by the Port. Suburbs have developed differently than first thought. One can find anarchic informal urbanizations and different views on colonial references along the coast. How can the current state of Algiers Coast be pictured? What is its relation to other Mediterranean Ports? And how can it along the Mediterranean coast become more environmentally engaged? We will work on five different areas along the coastline analyzing existing conditions and future projections, playfully utilizing small-scale phenomena, translating found conditions into large-scale landscape ecologies and envisioning urban changes. We will produce architectural portraits, urban biographies, narrative maps and imaginative collages, which ultimately will feature in a publication of the workshop’s research on various waterfront cities around the Mediterranean. Further, we will explore Algiers` architecture and diverse urban faces through guided city walks.