CIVA TALKS & TOURS — Martí Franch Batllori : Girona’s Shores
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‘Girona’s Shores’, an ongoing effort to reclaim and develop a multifunctional green infrastructure at the town’s edges. Produced over a period of four years, this large-scale infrastructural project emerged not from previous public demand or funding, but from the knowledge gained through a number of small-scale, bold interventions on site: the pilot projects and their palpable results. The pilot projects acted as ‘sketches’, as a way of testing ideas by drawing on the site itself through removing and adjusting vegetation. This created different kinds of spaces with different potentials for human occupation and ecological biodiversity. The careful, immediate engagement with the topography and plants of Girona’s edges on these small sites became the points of departure for the development of an extensive green infrastructure plan. The project accentuates a ‘differentiated’ management, developed by designing and drawing directly on the site. The strategy is based on frugality, on recurring actions and successive observations and adjustments to management regimes. The design process for Girona is open and does not rely on a conventional process where conception and construction are separated. Rather, it is highly site-specific, intermingling design, construction, and management. It gives the design process immediacy; adjustments are made in the moment. Temporal specificity - when interventions happen - is a tactic that complements spatial specificity - where interventions happen.
Martí Franch Batllori
Landscape Architect at the University of Greenwich and Horticulturalist at ESAB in Barcelona. He is the founder & principal of ‘EMF landscape architecture’. EMF is an interdisciplinary practice of independent experts in the field of urban and environmental design, exercising internationally. ‘EMF’ was settled in 1999 after professional and academic training in London, Amsterdam and Berlin. Ever since, Franch explores hybrid ways between ecological systems & cultural constructs to inform projects and build up new realities. His work has been internationally published and awarded with a LILA landezine international landscape award 2016, ASLA American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award 2012, European Landscape Biennal - Rosa Barba Prize 2012, as well as selected finalist in FAD 2012, Rosa Barba Prize 2010, CCCB European Prize of Public Space 2012 among others.