Blue Lunacy: Salt Lines and the Olbian Lamprey © Ryan Hodge, Douglas Wright

Blue Lunacy: Salt Lines and the Olbian Lamprey

Ryan Hodge, Douglas Wright

Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Project Description

Olbia, Sardinia, is a city with an extremely (mineral) rich history - one which it currently chooses to overlook. This thesis endeavours to empower the city’s neglected mineral landscape so that it may find means to fight back the anaesthetising Integrated World Capitalism which, over the last 50 years, has invaded its shores.

Points of hydrological intervention reintroduce salt as a viable economy to Olbia through the mechanic of osmosis and act as stimuli for a new urban planning logic; one revised through a rejuvenated azurite economy. Together these moves endeavour to reconnect Olbia with its rich landscape. The current urban planning authority’s bureaucratic and tourist driven agenda is inept, to the degree that Jan Svankmajer might describe it as lunacy. This project proposes a more relevant planning logic of equal (but opposite) lunacy.

Winner: A&DS Urban Design Award

Sound economic reasoning combines with well-researched and explained, while undoubtedly ambitious, solutions. Economic, social and morphological links are well explored and though some aspects of the rationalisation are overly abstruse, the proposals are beautifully expressed.”
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