14-10-2011

Rethinking Mallorca’s Seaside

Seafront,

Recovery/Restoration,

The tourism industry constitutes a valuable contribution to many national economies, making up anywhere from 2% to 10% of a country’s income.



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Rethinking Mallorca’s Seaside

The tourism industry constitutes a valuable contribution to many national economies, making up anywhere from 2% to 10% of a country’s income. However, it often adversely impacts an area’s environment, society, landscape and history and, in many cases, irreparably.
 
Seafront destinations have always proved to be vacation favorites, and the coastal town of Cala Millor on the eastern coast of the Spanish island of Mallora is no different. Since the 1960s, its seaside has been rapidly overdeveloped. Currently the third most visited place on the island, it counts 10,000 permanent residents and 35,000 hotel rooms.
 
The Rethinking Mallorca’s Seaside competition challenges architecture students from around the world to redesign the seaside of Cala Millor, using architecture to create sustainable environments that allow tourists to enjoy this exotic destination while preserving its history, nature and identity. Designs should consider that the City Council has recently decided to close off more space to traffic to make room for more pedestrian and public areas.
The results will be announced on November 27 via the ArchMedium Student Competitions website.


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